Chopped Salad from La Scala
I’m a great fan of the chopped salad. It’s all about the variety of the ingredients that you add and I like the way everything is a uniform size. And it’s pleasingly American – like chopped liver, it says what it is. La Scala in Beverly Hills is said to have been the originator of the chopped salad. Gigi Leon, whose family has owned the restaurant since it opened in 1956, explained to me that it was exactly what the stars that frequent the restaurant need – something light, healthy and easy to eat. I recall explaining to her that for the same reason the Queen doesn’t care for soup or pasta. What’s needed is food that won’t despoil a wonderful dress.
|1||crisp iceberg lettuce, finely shredded|
|½||head romaine lettuce, finely shredded|
|120g||Italian salami, cut into thin strips about 5cm long|
|200g||fresh mozzarella, chopped|
|400g||tin chickpeas, drained, rinsed and seasoned with ½ tsp salt|
|Small handful||basil leaves, finely shredded|
|For the dressing:|
|15ml||red wine vinegar|
|½ tsp||mustard powder|
|12 turns||black peppermill|
Mix the salad ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix the dressing ingredients, add the dressing to the salad and toss well. Serve immediately.