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Wally’s Chopped Salad

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

This salad is said to have originated at the Palm restaurant, where it’s called the Monday Night Salad. About 20 years ago, when one of the owners of Palm opened Wally’s, now Wally’s and Joseph’s, in the theater district, he brought with him most of the Palm’s dishes, including this one, which, by the way, is now part of the standard New York steakhouse menu.

Serves4

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timeunder 30 minutes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party

Recipe Coursecold appetizer

Dietary Considerationdiabetic, egg-free, gluten-free, healthy, lactose-free, low calorie, low carb, low cholesterol, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Mealdinner

Taste and Texturecrisp, salty, savory, tangy

Type of Dishfirst course salad

Ingredients

  • 1 large, ripe tomato, chopped and drained
  • 1 head lettuce (such as oak leaf, salad bowl, Boston, or iceberg), rinsed, dried, and chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 1 Spanish onion, diced
  • 3 whole red pimientos, diced
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped green or imported black olives (or a combination of both)
  • 4 or 5 flat, oil-packed anchovy fillets, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon red wine or balsamic vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Drain the chopped tomato in a colander, pressing down with a wooden spoon to squeeze out any excess water.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the chopped lettuce, cucumber, celery, onion, pimientos, capers, olives, and anchovies. Add the drained tomatoes. Using a sharp knife, give the mixture an extra chopping right in the bowl.

  3. Add the oil and mix thoroughly. Add the salt to taste, then the vinegar. Taste again. The salad should have a fairly lively flavor at this point. If not, carefully add a little more salt and season with the pepper.

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