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Italian Chopped Salad – it’s a delicious meal the only salad you need

What You Need:

6 cups torn romaine lettuce
1-1/2 cups chopped cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used ham)
1 cup cooked small pasta, such as fusilli or rotini
1 cup cauliflower florets
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup KRAFT Natural Italian* Cheese Crumbles
1/2 cup KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
1/4 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

Make It:

PLACE 1-1/2 cups of the romaine in each of four salad bowls.

COMBINE chicken, pasta, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers and cheese crumbles in large bowl. Add dressing; toss lightly. Spoon evenly over romaine.

SPRINKLE with Parmesan cheese.

I cut it into 1 inch pieces and cooked it for 5 minutes before running it under cold water for a quick chill.I cut the recipe in half, since there were only three of us around the table tonight. Here are all of the veggies: torn romaine lettuce, cauliflower florets, chopped tomato, and asparagus.Now for some cooked rotini pasta. I used the tri-color kind.And the protein. I couldn’t find the Italian cheese crumbles at my local grocery, so I used cheddar and jack crumbles. We just had chicken last night and I was in a hurry, so I chopped some deli ham. Finally, I dumped on about 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan.Now toss.Here’s how it translated into dinner for me and the kids. Rather than toss the whole salad in Italian dressing, I dished up the individual bowls and then used different dressings. My 4 year old loves Ranch dressing. So it was Ranch for her and the baby and Italian for me. I threw a couple of breadsticks from the freezer into the oven. It was almost like a night out at the Olive Garden…minus the check + tip. You can see the lovely professional picture of this recipe on the magazine in the background. That’s what it’s supposed to look like.

By Krista’s Kitchen.
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