Portillo’s Famous Chopped Salad (With a Flavor Burst!)

This famous salad is packed with different textures and flavours, like crunchy veggies, tasty bacon, tangy gorgonzola cheese, juicy chicken, and your favourite pasta. It’s perfect for a quick lunch during the week or as a side dish for your next party or BBQ!

It’s filling and comes with the most delicious dressing. This salad has everything—bacon, tomato, gorgonzola cheese, and even bits of pasta mixed in!

Portillo’s Chopped Salad brings together the best of everything—romaine lettuce, pasta, bacon, cheese, tomatoes, and cooked chicken—all tossed in a simple homemade vinaigrette. And the best part? You can enjoy it right at home.

Portillo's Chopped Salad Recipe

Portillo’s Chopped Salad Recipe

This Portillo’s chopped salad is the ultimate combo! Crisp romaine lettuce tossed in a tasty vinaigrette dressing, topped with pasta, veggies, and cheese—and of course, the star of the show, bacon! A yummy salad is always a winner and this Portillo’s creation is top-notch! t's got everything you could want, making it perfect for lunch, dinner, or any occasion. Putting together this salad is a breeze! Add your cooked protein, toss everything together, and you're good to go. It doesn't get any easier or tastier than that!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 445 kcal


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Cutting Board
  • Sharp Knife


  • 1 Head Romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 head Iceberg lettuce
  • 1 cup Chicken breast [diced cooked]
  • 1 cup Tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 cup Green onions diced
  • 1/2 cup Gorgonzola cheese diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped Crispy bacon
  • 1/4 cup Red cabbage diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet Italian dressing
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing


  • Wash and chop the lettuce into small pieces.
  • Put the lettuce in a big bowl.
  • Add chicken, tomatoes, green onions, cheese, bacon, and red cabbage to the bowl.
  • Pour the sweet and Italian dressings on top.
  • Mix everything gently until it’s all coated with the dressing.
  • Serve it on a big plate or in individual bowls.
  • Eat and enjoy your tasty salad!


  • Cover the salad tightly with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge if making ahead. Only add the dressing just before serving.
  • You can use chopped Romaine lettuce instead of bagged salad if you prefer.
  • Feel free to add or remove any salad ingredients based on your taste preferences.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories445 kcal
Iron 2g

Is It Possible to Make This Salad in Advance?

Is It Possible to Make This Salad in Advance?

You can make the salad ahead of time without the dressing and keep it in the fridge for 1-2 days. Just toss it with the dressing when you’re ready to serve. If you prefer, you can also chop the veggies and cook the chicken beforehand, and store them separately until you’re ready to mix everything.

How Long Can I Keep This in the Fridge?

To keep this salad fresh, store it in a tightly sealed container in the fridge. It’s best to add the dressing right before serving. It should stay good for a couple of days, but the texture might start to change after a day or so. Keep in mind that vinaigrette dressings can make pasta and veggies get soft over time.

What Should I Do If I don’t have a Certain Ingredient?

No need to worry if you’re missing an ingredient! Just see if you have something similar, or skip it if it’s not super important. Cooking is all about being flexible. You might find a good replacement in your kitchen.

Think about what the missing ingredient does in the recipe – like adding flavour or texture. Adjust things as needed to keep the dish tasting yummy. Just have fun and get creative in the kitchen!

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