Mediterranean Chopped Salad

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A retro dish once popular in the 1950s, the chopped salad takes center stage again, featuring an array of ingredients cut to a uniform size. Because it is so versatile, you may adapt it to ingredient combinations of your choice. This particular main-course salad partners well with a crusty garlic-flavored French baguette and a fruit punch. Try something light for dessert such as a fruit sorbet with cookies.

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Bring saucepan of water to a boil over medium heat, and cook orzo according to package directions, or until al dente. Remove from heat, drain, rinse and drain again. Set aside.
  2. Dry lettuce leaves thoroughly, and cut leaves into bite-sized pieces. Place in bowl. Add hearts of palm, tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts, capers, mozzarella and chickpeas.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients. Drizzle over salad, reserving any leftover dressing, and toss vegetables. Serve immediately.