Portillo's Chopped Salad (Kinda Like)

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins

Portillo’s is a Chicago institution, a hot dog stand that was started in 1963 by Dick Portillo’s in a small trailer with no running water, and has now grown to 47 locations. Their chopped salad is famous. The Italian Dressing is from the Chicago Sun-Times. It is similar to the dressing found on salads at Portillo's and Maggiano's restaurants. Tip: If you make the dressing ahead of time and add a little bit to the cooled pasta and let it soak it up in the refrigerator for added flavor. Also, I believe chopped grilled chicken is in the original recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To Make the Sweet Italian Dressing: Place vinegar, garlic, sugar, oregano, salt and pepper in a blender. While the machine is running, slowly drizzle olive oil through the blender top or feed tube until dressing is combined and emulsified. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  2. To Make The Chopped Salad: Cook ditalini pasta according to package instructions. Drain and cool. Set aside.
  3. Cook bacon in a skillet until done. Let bacon cool, then crumble it.
  4. Combine romaine, iceberg, red cabbage, tomatoes and green onions in large salad bowl.
  5. Add cooled pasta, bacon and gorgonzola cheese to salad.
  6. Add dressing to taste right before serving so that it doesn't get soggy.
Most Helpful

I have made this recipe a couple of times and it is very close to Portillo's chopped salad. It is very good and we really enjoy it!

Anonymous April 21, 2015

The salad ingredients are the same as Portillo's Chopped salad. The dressing is a very good tasting balsamic vinegar dressing. Portillo's chopped salad dressing, however, does not look like this dressing. This recipe's dressing does work with the salad ingredients. I"m glad I made it.

Marie Nixon September 21, 2014