Green On Green Chopped Salad

Shortly after I moved out to Los Angeles, I learned that chopped salads are the standard salads here. All the greens and accompaniments are chopped into bite size pieces and tossed with the salad dressing. Angeleno chopped salads resemble more of a composed salad than the standard garden salad variety. I like them. When I went Amsterdam, I was blown away by the salads there. Amazingly fresh and tasty. No, no green bud on them, ha! My favorite salad that I ate there was an all green in color salad: green lettuce, green onions, granny smith apples, and other goodies. I decided for this week's Food Network's Sensational Sides to make a fusion of the Angeleno chopped salad meeting the Dutch green salad for a green on green chopped salad. Feel free to make this recipe yours and alter as needed or per your personal taste.

1 head of green, bibb, or romaine lettuce, cleaned, dried, and cut into very thin strips
3-4 stalks of green onions, chopped finely
2 stalks of celery, diced small
1/4 cup of pistachios, chopped
1 granny smith apple, cored and chopped small
1 avocado, peeled and seeded, chopped small
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon mustard (dijon or whole grain)
1 tablespoon vinegar of your choice (make it good, but not balsamic)
1/2 teaspoon green goddess seasoning (I like Penzeys)
salt and pepper to taste

Prep all of the lettuce, green onions, celery, pistachios, apple, and avocado by placing in a large mixing bowl and gently toss with salad tongs, but I think clean hands work the best.

In a large serving bowl, add the olive oil, mustard, vinegar, and seasonings and mix with a whisk until blended. Gently fold in the cut salad into the serving bowl with the dressing and toss very gently until it is all covered uniformly by the dressing. Taste. Add more seasonings if needed. Eat immediately. Serves about 4.

-Erin Swing
The Sensitive Epicure

This is part of Food Network's Sensational Sides Food Fest. Check out The FN Dish. The spring food we're focusing on here are salads with spring lettuces. On twitter, we're tagging #SensationalSides. Here are other delicious green recipes to freshen up your meal: