Casa Florencia Chopped Salad

So many friends have asked me for this recipe and I always just give them a list of ingredients because unless I’m following someone else’s recipe, I never measure. Today, however, I decided to try to come up with a complete recipe, so here goes. You need to click on each photo to read its part of the recipe. You may want to vary the amounts on the dressing, according to your taste. This sounds like a strange combination of ingredients but trust me, it is delicious. Let me know how you like it! I like to crush up saltine crackers on the top, but you may be too refined to do so.. Do this on individual servings, not the salad itself as they will get mushy if any salad is left over. Bon appetite!

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18 thoughts on “Casa Florencia Chopped Salad

    1. lifelessons Post author

      No I could buy all of these brands here, although I haven’t seen the Marzetta’s lately. There are two grocery stores that cater to American tastes, plus a Walmart that has some American brands as well.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      That is the name of my house. This is the name on my deed, even! I think of it as “House of Flowers” but I think it actually means House of Florence. Don’t know who Florence is because I bought it from a woman named Mercedes Benz–really! And no one had ever lived in it. Perhaps she was thinking of Florence, Italy.

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          And remember, we talked about this. We’re gonna go there one day.. In the next life if not this one. I loved it, too. I think I have a post on it. I not, I have a story about it hidden in a file cabinet somewhere. My husband and I had quite and experience there–actually before we were husband and wife.

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    2. lifelessons Post author

      Florence means “blossoming” so perhaps it is the house where i was meant to blossom. Yes, the olives were the last addition after I’d made the salad dozens of times. They really do add a zing. And this is the first time I’ve added the olive juice to the salad dressing. I usually save it to add to spaghetti sauce. It gives a wonderful flavor to tomato sauce! With other ingredients as well, of course I always put green olives in my spaghetti sauce as well. My salad dressing didn’t turn out as good as usual. Perhaps becaue I didn’t have enough blue cheese salad dressing to add to it. Or perhaps because I was trying to write a recipe and so added measurements rather than going by taste, bit by bit. At any rate, it gives people the chance to experiment on their own.

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      1. koolkosherkitchen

        I am sure you were meant to blossom in this house, Judy. Lovely idea!
        Unfortunately, I can no longer have blue cheese, or any cheese for that matter, so I make do with nutritional yeast instead – poor substitution. I add olive juice to some veggie soups.

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          It would be good with just the balsamic vinaigrette dressing with a bit of oriental Sweet chili sauce added. It doesn’t really need the blue cheese dressing. If you wanted a bit of creaminess, you could add a bit of ranch dressing or maybe even yogurt.. You’d have to experiment, which I’m sure you would enjoy doing.

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