Flickr photo by Rene EhrhardtBesides Trader Joe's, one of the things I miss about Seattle is a salad, the perfect salad. It's called the Purple Chopped from one of my favorite restaurants there, Purple Café and Wine Bar.
It's a mix of bacon and chicken, red pepper, purple onions, cheese, lettuce and the perfect vinaigrette. While the ingredients alone in any form would make a great salad, it definitely tastes better because they're all chopped into tiny little perfection.
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Since Florida is a long way from Seattle, I've had to start making my own version, and I've come pretty close to duplicating it. I've also experimented with a lot of other great chopped salads over the years. We eat them for dinner often in the summer, especially.
Here's a recipe for California Pizza Kitchen's chopped salad. I've made it repeatedly, and it's really good. There's something missing that doesn't quite taste like the original, but it's tasty nonetheless.
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