Copycat Maggiano’s Chopped Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
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Copycat Maggiano's Chopped Salad Recipe! Crispy pancetta, avocado, tomatoes, blue cheese (or gorgonzola) and a delicious homemade dressing!
Copycat Maggiano's Chopped Salad Recipe! Crispy pancetta, avocado, tomatoes, blue cheese (or gorgonzola) and a delicious homemade dressing!


This Copycat Maggiano’s Chopped Salad is a life changer. No really, life changer. Jorge has always turned up his nose when I have tried to make salad for dinner…joking it was too healthy. So this week, I decided I would make one for myself and also do a thin crust pizza on the side for him.

I gave him a tiny side of salad and a huge bowl for myself. Next thing I know, he was going back for seconds and then thirds…and then fourths! And I was SHOCKED when he asked me to start making this for dinner weekly. WHOA. I knew I had a winner. I made it again to photograph it and guess who ate another huge helping? Yup. He’s a chopped salad addict now.

Copycat Maggiano's Chopped Salad Recipe! Crispy pancetta, avocado, tomatoes, blue cheese (or gorgonzola) and a delicious homemade dressing!

I love love love this chopped salad from Maggiano’s. I order it every single time we go and I had a serious random craving for it. We don’t live super close to a Maggiano’s and haven’t been in probably close to a year, but I couldn’t get it out of my head.

We used to go to Maggiano’s a ton growing up for family dinners and Jorge and I even went there the night we got engaged (10 years ago this July – holy crap). So you can understand, I have a certain soft spot for their food.

Copycat Maggiano's Chopped Salad Recipe! Crispy pancetta, avocado, tomatoes, blue cheese (or gorgonzola) and a delicious homemade dressing!
Copycat Maggiano's Chopped Salad Recipe! Crispy pancetta, avocado, tomatoes, blue cheese (or gorgonzola) and a delicious homemade dressing!

I am proud to say this Copycat Maggiano’s Chopped Salad recipe is just as good – if not better – than the original. Crispy salty prosciutto, juicy cherry tomatoes, creamy ripe avocado and tangy gorgonzola cheese make this salad divine. The creamy homemade vinagrette adds just the right finishing touch!

Oh and did I forget to mention — it takes less than 30 minutes to make!

For a party: arrange the salad with toppings in lines on top like I did in the first photo. Then when you are ready to serve, toss it all together and add the dressing!

Chopped salad, crunchy prosciutto, creamy avocado, and juicy tomatoes.
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Yield: 6 servings

Copycat Maggiano’s Chopped Salad

This copycat chopped salad recipe with crispy prosciutto, salty gorgonzola cheese, tomatoes, and avocado is a homemade version of Maggiano's.
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes

Ingredients

Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • cup canola oil
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • cup shredded parmesan cheese

Salad:

  • 3 romaine hearts, chopped
  • 1 (10.5 oz) container cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 5 oz crumbled gorgonzola cheese, or blue cheese
  • 3 oz prosciutto, pan fried till crispy and chopped
  • 1 large avocado, chopped

Instructions 

  • Dressing: In a food processor or blender, add all ingredients and process until smooth. Store in an airtight container, in the refrigerator  for up to a week until ready to serve.
  • Salad: In a large bowl, toss together lettuce, tomatoes, gorgonzola, prosciutto and avocados. Drizzle on top as much dressing as you would like and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Notes

Store the salad in an airtight container for up to 3 days. The dressing can be refrigerated for up to a week. Enjoy it straight out of the fridge!

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 457kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 44g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Monounsaturated Fat: 25g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 560mg, Potassium: 407mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 5204IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 220mg, Iron: 1mg

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Photo collage - Copycat Maggianos Chopped Salad - blue cheese, tomatoes, avocados, bacon in a silver serving dish on a blue and white cloth with dressing being poured on the salad

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  1. Jenalys

    Do you think the two different oils make a big difference? I don’t keep canola oil at the house so I’m wondering if I use only olive oil or maybe olive and avocado, it would be just as good? Or close enough? Haha, thanks!

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      Jessica

      I believe they originally used prosciutto, but the last time I went, it seemed like it was more cubed shaped like pancetta. Honestly, both are delicious, go with whichever you prefer!

    1. Peggy Wells

      The Maggiano’s I go to doesn put avocado in the salad but they do put in red onion. I love making this salad

    2. Peggy

      Maggiano’s where I go doesnt put in avocado but they do add red onion, put you could add anything you like, it’s the dressing that makes this salad

  2. Marcia Stevens

    URGENT! Hello! I would like to know how to make the copycat maggiano’s chopped salad for a crowd of 50 adults and 20 children for a party next weekend. Can you help?

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      Jessica

      Hi Marcia! WOW! That’s a big crowd! I’d recommend prepping everything ahead and storing it in separate containers. When everyone gets there, you can quickly toss the salad together. If I were serving that many, I believe I’d make about 10x the recipe as shown…depending heavily on how many other sides I have and if everyone coming is a salad eater. Good luck!

  3. Lynn

    IDK I found the dressing very bland. Of course I have never had the restaurant version so maybe that is the way it should taste. I added some white wine vinegar, gave the dressing some zip.

  4. Susan Linn

    5 stars
    You hit it out of the park! Hubby and I couldn’t stop eating it! Thank you so much! Do you have the apple crostini recipe from there as well? please please please!

  5. MintTea5

    5 stars
    Outstanding! I was extremely impressed with this recipe because it was fantastic! I love the chopped salad from Maggiano’s and had been craving it for weeks but COVID-19 has not afforded me the pleasure to go in and enjoy this salad.
    Until now :) ….I made this salad for dinner and it was better than any meal I’ve had this week:in fact I saved enough for lunch for today. Perfect recipe & delish!!

  6. MintTea5

    Outstanding! I was extremely impressed with this recipe because it was fantastic! I love the chopped salad from Maggiano’s and had been craving it for weeks but COVID-19 has not afforded me the pleasure to go in and enjoy this salad.
    Until now :) ….I made this salad for dinner and it was better than any meal I’ve had this week:in fact I saved enough for lunch for today. Perfect recipe & delish!!

  7. Molly C

    Had this dressing for the first time the other night and was hooked. I was so excited when I found this recipe because the ingredients made sense for what I tasted at the restaurant. Just made some and I am HOOOOOOKED. Cut back on the amount of oil (only used EVOO) and added a bit more water to lighten the dressing up, and added a touch more of the vinegars for more bite and I’m in salad heaven! Thanks for this recipe! It’s permanently bookmarked.

  8. Kari

    5 stars
    Made this to take to someone’s house to pair with steak and baked potatoes. It was a big hit.
    Dressing is a little sweet and has a zing to it. People wanted the recipe!

  9. Lisa D

    Did you ever get an answer on whether to use White balsamic vinegar for both vinegars or just one? Had this salad recently at the restaurant and loved it. I really want to bring it to Christmas dinner.

    1. LisaD.

      I never got an answer so I just replaced the white vinegar with white balsamic vinegar. I thought the dressing was very good and did taste like what we had at Maggiano’s, although maybe a little bit more pepper than I remembered. The salad was a big hit at Christmas dinner.

  10. Sabonete Artesanal

    Your blog is so amazing, i already subscribed to get more recipes on my email!!! Thanks for sharing!

  11. quanto custa um site

    Wow what a treat, it’s a very healthy dish, I do low carb, I think I could easily put it on my menu

  12. Brigadeiros Gourmet

    Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful and very healthy salad recipe!!!

    It’s definitely worth doing.

  13. Maxpotent

    Made this a while back and doubled the recipe. Absolutely fantastic. A family favorite and definite keeper. Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Rafaela

    Wow what a wonderful recipe, I never imagined it in a dish like this, I’ll make it look very good, I hope you keep posting recipes of this type.

  15. JoLynn

    Made this tonight, and it was delicious! Used bacon and added chicken and a little more sugar, we’ll definitely make it again!

  16. Snibb Jervey

    Made this a while back and doubled the recipe.  Absolutely fantastic.  A family favorite and definite keeper.  Thanks for the recipe.  

  17. Posicionar

    This is the best salad I’ve ever eaten. And the best that suits my low carb diet. No doubt came to stay definitely in my menu. Again thank you very much Jessica.

  18. Janice Wells

    I can not thank you enough for this recipe!  I was at Maggiano’s last week and had this salad and added chicken to it.  I loved it so much!  It was a bit pricey, $15.00.  NOW I can make my own!  I have not made this as yet.  I’m not crazy about mustard, will it make a huge difference if I leave it out?

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      Jessica

      Hi Janice! If you like it at Maggiano’s, I would leave in the mustard. I promise you won’t taste mustard – it just adds to the overall flavor…just like at the restaurant! :-)

  19. Alexa

    If you want to be super authentic—Maggiano’s uses White Balsamic Vinegar. The rest is spot on!!

    (I used to work there and made this dressing in 4 gallon buckets nearly daily). To make the house dressing extra creamy, slowly add the oil. VERY SLOWLY. I cannot stress that enough. I dropped the oil a couple of times because I was adding it so slow.

  20. Sheila Tatum

    Hi Jessica, I love your blog. Made this copycat salad last night, but substituted blue cheese for the Gorgonzola and bacon for the prosciutto. It was wonderful — both my husband and I graded it as a “do over” — meaning I’ll do this again!

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      Jessica

      So glad y’all liked it Shelia!! Thanks for taking the time to come back and comment how it turned out. :-)

  21. Janet Bourbouse

    Approximately how many people will the above recipe serve?  I would like to make it for a large group – approximately 8 people.

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      Jessica

      Hi Lin, I do not calculate nutrition information because it varies heavily on what brands of ingredients you use. I recommend using a program like sparkrecipes.com to calculate recipes. Thanks!

  22. Robin

    This salad looks so good! I’m wondering if replacing the Gorgonzola with feta would be a mistake. We all really like feta, I’m not sure my family would like Gorgonzola. :-)

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      Jessica

      Hmm. I worry that the feta and prosciutto combined would make it too salty…but it’s worth a shot! Gorgozonla really is mild though! My husband HATES blue cheese and he ate three bowls of this and it’s now in our weekly rotation! 

  23. susieQ

    I saw nancy fuller I think off Food network make this last night and she added bacon (cooked) to a blender with the other ingredients to the dressing

  24. Katerina @ Diethood

    This salad…um, I could eat this all day, everyday. Crunch, PANCETTA, flavor, THAT dressing…it has it all!

  25. Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom

    I love this salad, and am so glad you made a version I can have at home. Definetly on menu soon!

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