Autumn Chopped Salad

Autumn Chopped Salad

Ok guys, this is one of my all time favorite salads, regardless of the season. Every time I serve this someone asks me for the recipe. I usually end up doubling this recipe if we’re have a group over. I literally keep the poppy seed dressing stocked in the pantry, just so I can make this salad on a whim. This recipe is adapted from



Autumn Chopped Salad


  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 6 slices center-cut bacon
  • 1-2 pears, chopped
  • 1-2 apples, chopped
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup Poppy Seed Salad Dressing (or more or less)
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar (or more or less)


  1. Lay bacon strips down on a folded paper towel on a microwave-safe plate, then cover with another folded paper towel. Microwave for 1 minute then rotate the plate 1/4 turn and microwave for 30 more seconds. Continue rotating and cooking in 30 second increments until the bacon is crisp, then let cool and chop up.
  2. Add cooled bacon, romaine lettuce, pear, apple, peanuts, dried cranberries, and feta cheese into a very large bowl, then add salad dressing and balsamic vinegar to taste. Toss well and serve immediately.

* To make the dressing, just mix poppy seed dressing and vinegar together in a bowl. Add more poppy seed dressing or vinegar to taste. You can also use balsamic dressing instead of vinegar if you have it.


Yum yum- Enjoy!

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