Monday, June 2, 2014

Copy Cat Portillo's Chopped Salad

For those of you that have never heard of Portillo's Hot Dogs, they are the best place in the Chicago area to get a Chicago style dog.  Dick Portillo started the hot dog company back in 1963 with nothing more than a small trailer.  It has grown and is known as THE place to get a hot dog.  Love their hot dogs, but I am truly in love with their chopped salad and HAVE the recipe!

Such a yummy summer salad and the dressing has a sweet honey mustard flavor that compliments every bite.  It is truly addictive...follow along to see how to make it.

1 head of iceberg lettuce
1 head Romaine lettuce
1 bag of chopped red cabbage
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
3 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 cups cooked and cooled ditalini pasta
1 package bacon bits
1 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese

Dressing Ingredients:
1/2 cup honey mustard dressing
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp honey

Wash and dry the lettuces.  Chop the lettuce until it is in small pieces.  Place in a large bowl.

Add remaining ingredients.  Toss to combine.

Whisk together honey mustard dressing, olive oil and honey.  Pour over the salad and mix.  Serve immediately.

Every bite has this wonderful combination of textures and flavors.  Exactly why you keep wanting to scoop more and more into your mouth!

Whether you are familiar with THE Chicago hot dog joint or not, you will want to give this salad a try.  Perfect for a summer picnic!

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet,

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