The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond loves an excellent chopped salad. Mainly when the ingredients are easy enough to put together that the entire meal consists of four steps: “prep, dump, dress, and toss.” The Food Network celebrity loves that the components for her one-dish delicious Antipasti Chopped Salad can be prepared ahead of time, kept in the refrigerator, and then pulled out when dinner is ready to be served.
Ree Drummond keeps it simple with ready-made ingredients
Drummond keeps her easy kitchen recipe simple, with ready-made components.
She said in her book The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Super Easy! she serves this salad at her Pawhuska, OK restaurant, P-Town Pizza.
Drummond admitted it’s a favorite of her family as well.
“We serve this salad at my restaurant, P-Town Pizza, and it’s my favorite salad in the world,” she wrote.
“Mounds of chopped jarred staples, fridge proteins, and fresh produce makes this salad an absolute feast for the senses, and it never gets old for me,” Drummond shared.
“Prep everything in advance so when it comes time to assemble the salad, it moves lightning-fast,” she concluded.
What are the ingredients for Ree Drummond’s Antipasti Chopped Salad?
The ingredients for Ree Drummond’s Antipasti Chopped Salad are pantry staples.
These include Romaine Lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, and a can of chickpeas,
Also added are a cup of jarred pepperoncini, mozzarella cheese, canned artichoke hearts, and green olives.
The meat component of the meal includes salami and pepperoni.
Basil and Pecorino Romano cheese finish off the dish.
The bulk of the ingredients needs a few minutes to chop up. Then, add all the components to a large bowl and toss.
Drummond suggests if you make your vinaigrette, which includes oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, shallots, herbs, and mustard, reserve the brine from the pepperoncini to add sweet heat to the dressing.
‘The Pioneer Woman’ star loves the idea of salad for dinner
Salads are fresh, healthy, and easy to prepare.
Drummond often serves doctored up salads, with proteins added via meat or beans, as a complete meal.
These salads are presented as a light dinner when life is hectic on the ranch.
“Often in the summer, Ladd is working cattle, so we’ll have a hearty breakfast and lunch, and then we’ll make a lighter dinner,” Ree said via the Pioneer Woman website.
“Sometimes, we’ll even have salad as a main course—I’ll add bacon or ham and grated sharp cheddar, so it’s more of a meal,” she revealed.
The complete recipe for Ree Drummond’s Antipasti Chopped Salad can be found on the Pioneer Woman website.
The Pioneer Woman airs Saturdays at 10 a.m EST on the Food Network.