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Chop Chop Salad

September 29, 2010

~ Mary ~


Summer came screeching to a halt and I realized I hadn’t  roasted  as many veggies on the wood fire grill as I had last year.  I ran off to the Portage Park Farmer’s Market to remedy the situation stat!  There really is nothing like a roasted or grilled veggie and when you kick it up a notch with some wood coals or wood chips you’re in for a whole new level of flavor..



This salad reminded us of the crazy sandwiches we have at the open air market in Antwerp every time we visit Frank.  Some day he’ll share that story/sandwich with us, I feel it! A girl can dream, now can’t she?



This is an easy recipe that can be interpreted any way you see fit  Get out there and fire up your grill and don’t miss out on one minute of this fantastic weather.



Chop Chop Salad

This is what I used, but feel free to add more/less/different veggies.


Lightly coat with olive oil then grill on both sides.  Grilling time varies according to veggie.

2 Zucchini’s sliced like planks

1 Eggplant sliced plank style

1 Red Bell Pepper

2 Red Onions thickly sliced



Remove from grill and when cool enough to handle, chop into bite sized pieces.  Toss into a large bowl with:

2 Tomatoes seeded and diced

1/2 Cup Olives your choice

1/2 Cup Goat Cheese or Fetta Cheese

Handful chopped Oregano

Handful chopped Basil

Handful Chopped Parsley

Drizzle with Honey

Optional to add diced grilled Chicken

14 Comments leave one →
  1. September 29, 2010 7:35 am

    Absolutely love chopped salads – haven’t had/made one in ages though! I voted for you too! 😀

  2. Pat permalink
    September 29, 2010 12:59 pm

    This is perfect to use up vegetables I’m gathering from the garden before frost…..right down to the handfulls of herbs!
    Thank you, Mary!!!

    P.S. Your pictures are beautiful!!!

  3. September 30, 2010 6:57 am

    gorgeous salad so bright and flavourful

  4. September 30, 2010 8:06 am

    This is a good-looking salad. nomnomnomnom

  5. September 30, 2010 8:24 am

    Another delicious dish to fix! 😉

  6. October 1, 2010 2:17 pm


  7. October 1, 2010 8:06 pm

    Oh Mary that is one beautiful salad. A nice hunk of bread and a big bowl of this, heaven for sure! Congrats on the progression, best of luck to you!

  8. October 5, 2010 8:04 pm

    Now that is what I call a salad! I love grilled/roasted veggies. I am excited to prepare this salad after I hit the market tomorrow.

  9. October 5, 2010 8:40 pm

    Love the name… chop chop salad!

  10. October 5, 2010 11:28 pm

    All of those roasted vegetables look so beautiful! Not to mention the yummyness that is goat cheese. Looks delicious!

  11. October 6, 2010 7:56 am

    you are so right, that grill taste makes all the difference – like your salad a lot…

  12. October 6, 2010 3:38 pm

    Oh Mary! Right up my alley – but I have never used wood chips in my grill. Time to try!

  13. November 2, 2010 5:37 pm

    This looks so lovely! Beautiful colors and flavors! YUM!

    Mary xo

  14. November 3, 2010 12:15 pm

    That looks great. I bet it would be wonderful with shards of grilled pita bread tossed in at the last minute.

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