I have a confession; Mrs Cooksfoodgood and I don’t always cook at home; sometimes we order in (especially when our daughter came). We became hooked on a Chicagoland favorite, the Chopped Salad. While every pizzeria and sandwich shop has their own version, three things are non negotiable; chopped greens, cured meat, and ditalini pasta (Italian for small thimbles). Since we moved to Michigan, we have had a massive salad bowl shaped void in our lives.. until now. Make it a main with grilled chicken or shrimp.
*Make the entire box, add some to your next soup, or do like I do and just dump a ton of pasta into the salad. Bonus points if you use, say, a chickpea pasta for added nuttiness.
**The classic chopped salad has either a mayo based poppy dressing or a classic Italian dressing. This lemon vinaigrette is just a little lighter, but just about anything works.