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Recipe: Portillo’s Chopped Salad

If you live in Chicago, you know Portillo’s. We’ll even order it into work for a special occasion (like winning a contest or just a normal Friday…) You really cannot go wrong no matter what you order, but my fave item on the menu? Their chopped salad. Unreal. A homemade version? Just as awesome:


Modified from Stolen Moments Cooking


  • 2 bags shredded lettuce (you could also buy lettuce heads and chop yourself)
  • 2 chicken breasts, chopped or shredded
  • 1 small red onion, finely minced
  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 package cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2  c. ditalini pasta, cooked and cooled
  • 1 c. gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • Vinaigrette dressing, bottled or homemade


  1. Make sure all ingredients are chopped, minced, sliced, etc.
  2. Put lettuce in a large bowl.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients, except dressing, and toss well.
  4. Serve dressing alongside the salad or pour on and combine just before serving.

Perfect for work lunch or take out the chicken and take to a summer BBQ — ENJOY!!


About thetwentysixthyear

September 6, 2011: I turn twenty-six years old. I live and work in downtown Chicago and really can't complain about too much -- great family, great friends, great life. So this is my personal blog. Experiencing and living my twenty-sixth year. I have no idea what to expect or where I'll be one year from now ... but one thing is certain: I will enjoy the ride.

5 responses »

  1. keepnupwithj

    this looks delicious! we may have to try this when i visit you!!!!!

  2. I love their salad and so many other menu items. Have you ever had the chocolate cake? Yummmm!

  3. Pingback: Recipes: Cooking Out! « thetwentysixthyear

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