The Best Chopped Salad You'll Ever Have

I love this salad for parties, both for the presentation of the chopped ingredients in various bowls, and for the convenience of having a dish with choices that work well for many different people. You can toss this salad as one big dish, or toss individual salads depending on your guests’ tastes. It’s a wonderful and quick meal for this time of year, when you’d rather be outside soaking up the last days of summer. Recipe: End-of-Summer Chopped Salad Serves 4 (unless your husband is 6’6″ like mine and can eat half of it on his own) You’ll need: 1 large head of crunchy romaine lettuce, rinsed and chopped 1 cup strawberries, chopped 2 avocados, chopped 6-8 oz. Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled 1 cup walnuts 1 cup cooked chicken, chopped 1 cup cooked bacon, chopped 1 cup apples, chopped 1 cup red onion, chopped 1 cup grapes, halved 1 cup oranges, chopped For the dressing: 2 ripe lemons 4 cloves of garlic, crushed 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/8 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup honey 1 tsp. Dijon mustard Fine sea salt, to taste What to do: Arrange each of the chopped salad ingredients in separate bowls. For the dressing, squeeze the lemons directly into a mixing bowl to allow any pulp to come out. Whisk with the garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, mustard and a pinch of salt. Taste, and add more salt as needed. If the dressing is too tangy for your taste, add more honey. Toss the salads when ready to eat. Enjoy! By Amanda Marshall