Chopped Salad with Sweet Basil Dressing Recipe

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A few months ago Lora Krulak sent Nancy and I her cookbook Veggies for Carnivores. The small book is packed with a lot of recipes and variations which are tasty and easy to make. One of our favorites was this salad recipe. We've used the dressing on multiple salads now, but the first we tried it on was this chopped salad. We had it at home, then brought it to a friends house for a party, and it was a hit both places. The touch of honey is the missing ingredient that I had not been putting in my dressings. It really brings this one together. Enjoy!

Prep time:
Servings: 4


Cost per serving $1.71 view details
  • Dressing:
  • 1 bunch basil washed with stems removed
  • 3/4 cup high quality olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1 tsp honey
  • White pepper and salt to taste (you'll likely want at least 1/2 tsp of each)
  • Salad:
  • Any chopped vegetables that you have and like will work here. Feel free to experiment. Here's a sample plan.
  • 4 cups Romaine Lettuce
  • 1/2 cup Celery
  • 1/2 cup Carrot
  • 1/2 cup Avocado
  • Alternatively, try adding cucumber, green onion, green or red peppers, beets, cauliflower, parsnip, green beans (par boiled), cabbage, tomatoes, fennel, olives, almonds, raisins, etc.


  1. Put the basil, lemon and honey in a blender and start blending slowly, increasing the speed gradually to high. Slowly drizzle the olive oil into the blender, emulsifying the ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Chop all the vegetables for the salad into bite size chunks and place them in a large bowl. Add sufficient dressing and toss thoroughly. Check for seasoning and add kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper as desired.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 194g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 423  
Calories from Fat 384 91%
Total Fat 43.42g 54%
Saturated Fat 6.03g 24%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 37mg 2%
Potassium 402mg 11%
Total Carbs 10.45g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3.6g 12%
Sugars 4.43g 3%
Protein 1.64g 3%



  • Nancy Miyasaki
    December 6, 2012
    I really enjoyed this salad and have made the dressing multiple times now. Thanks so much for sharing your cookbook with us Lora!
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    • purpleone
      December 7, 2012
      love basil on tomatoes and mozarella. will be sure to love it as a dressing! thanks


      • Shobha
        April 30, 2013
        hi john.
        thanks for viewing my recipe.
        this salad is looking refreshing,will try today.
        • ShaleeDP
          December 14, 2012
          I love salad and will try anything new. This is next in line for me :) Thanks for sharing.

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