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"Muffuletta" Chopped Salad
with olives / provolone / kidney beans

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The muffuletta sandwich is a beloved New Orleans classic. Our salad version features similar flavors, including rich, briny olives, provolone, and creamy kidney beans. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Smarts: Part of a muffuletta's appeal is the way the oil and brine from the olive salad soaks into the bread, giving it savory richness. We found we could get a similar effect by adding soft, chewy chunks of bread to the salad. Feel free to make croutons (or use store bought ones) or simply leave out the bread if you prefer.



Italian Dressing:
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 2 Tbsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1 tsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
"Muffuletta" Chopped Salad:
  • Bread, ciabatta or focaccia - 4 oz , cubed or torn
  • Cauliflower - 6 oz , small florets (look for pre-chopped to save time; sub shredded carrots)
  • Celery - 2 stalks , thinly sliced
  • Cheese, provolone - 4 oz , chopped or shredded
  • Olives, any mix - 1/2 cup , pitted and roughly chopped
  • Bell peppers, from a jar of roasted red peppers - 1 cup , sliced
  • Lettuce, romaine - 8 oz , chopped
  • Beans, kidney (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can , drained and rinsed
  • Peppers, jarred pepperoncini (opt) - 1/3 cup (sliced)


  1. Bread / Cauliflower / Celery / Cheese / Olives / Bell peppers - Prep as directed and store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Make dressing - Whisk together vinegar, oregano, garlic powder, and mustard. Slowly add olive oil while whisking. Taste and season with some salt and pepper, if needed. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Lettuce - Prep as directed.

  4. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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  1. In a large serving or mixing bowl, combine lettuce, bread cubes, cauliflower, and celery. Toss with half the dressing.

  2. Divide salad among serving plates and top each with cheese, kidney beans, olives, roasted peppers, and pepperoncini (if using). 

  3. Serve salads with remaining dressing to drizzle over top. Enjoy!



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