Chopped Salad with Spicy Chipotle Dressing, Vegan and Gluten-Free

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best recipe for chopped salad spicy chipotle dressing vegan gluten free

This chopped salad with spicy chipotle dressing is spicy, and I mean spicy!  Like the kind of spicy that makes you sweat and eyes water!

I love the smokey flavor of chipotle and I use just about any type of food as a vehicle for this dressing!  I add it to salads, sandwiches, burrito bowls or use it as a dip for veggie sticks!

This salad is an easy way to “Eat The Rainbow” for a boost of antioxidants and phytonutrients!

chopped salad spicy chipotle dressing vegan gluten free recipe

As a nutritionist, I am always encouraging clients to “eat the rainbow.”  Getting a broad spectrum of colorful foods in your diet will help bring your health and wellness to a whole new level! Colorful foods are rich in antioxidants, which have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. They also contribute to heart health, digestive health, increase energy, increased immunity, eye and skin  health and cell protection.

Each day aim for 2 servings from each color:

Red:  apples, beets, peppers, cherries, grapes, red onions, pomegranates, berries, tomatoes, watermelon

Orange:  cantaloupe, carrots, mangos, oranges, squash, sweet potatoes, peaches, peppers

Yellow:  apples, bananas, corn, pears, pineapple, summer squash

Green:  apples, asparagus, avocados, honeydew melon, green leafy vegetables, brussles sprouts, broccoli, cucumbers, edamame, green beans, peas, pears, zucchini

Blue/Purple/Black:  berries, cabbage, eggplant, figs, grapes, olives, raisins, beans

White/Brown:  beans, cauliflower, coconut, garlic, legumes, chickpeas, nuts, mushrooms, pears, seeds (flax, hemp, sesame), whole grains (brown rice, barley, quinoa)

1 serving = 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw or 1 medium piece of fruit

 Different combination of these foods also have varying synergistic effects, so mix it up!

best recipe for chopped salad spicy chipotle dressing vegan gluten free

Chopped Salad With Spicy Chipotle Dressing

The beast recipe for Chopped Salad With Spicy Chipotle Dressing
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 317kcal
Cost $


  • For the Chipotle Dressing:
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup vegenaise or mayo
  • 3-5 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce depending on how spicy you like it!
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • For the salad:
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce chopped
  • ½ cup sliced olives
  • ½ cup cooked black beans
  • 2-3 carrots shredded
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • ½ cup corn I used frozen organic corn
  • ¼ cup red onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ avocado sliced
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  • To make dressing:
  • Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and puree until well combined and chipotle peppers are minced. Add sea salt and pepper to taste.
    *Start by adding 1 chipotle pepper at a time until desired spiciness is reached*
  • To make salads:
  • Arrange toppings on a bed of fresh romaine lettuce, add 1-2 tablespoons of dressing and enjoy 🙂


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Sodium: 250mg | Potassium: 385mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4471IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
Cristina C. RD LDN

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