Easy Food Processor Chopped Salad Recipe & Tips

Chopped salads offer versatility in mealtime options as you can mix the fresh flavors of in-season produce. The vegetables and fruits that create a chopped salad are packed with vital nutrients and fiber that can satisfy a wide range of taste buds. With the convenience of a food processor, you can minimize the prep work. This guide offers an easy food processor chopped salad recipe along with creative twists on mealtime ideas and additional tips.

KitchenAid® food processor with purple cabbage next to a chopped salad and the ingredients in a modern kitchen. KitchenAid® food processor with purple cabbage next to a chopped salad and the ingredients in a modern kitchen.

Can You Chop Salad with a Food Processor?

Chopping vegetables for your salad with a food processor is quick and easy, freeing you up to experiment with a wider variety of ingredients for endless salad possibilities. Freshly chop romaine, kale, cucumber, red peppers, apples or any vegetable or fruit to customize your salad with a tasty variety and top with chopped nuts for a play on texture.

Using a food processor adds versatility in creating fresh, nutritious meals. For more ideas, take an in-depth look at how you can use your food processor from basic food prep to complete dishes.

A closeup of a chopped kale salad with sliced carrots and onions. A closeup of a chopped kale salad with sliced carrots and onions.

Food Processor Chopped Salad Recipe

For a quick meal time idea, there’s no need to run to the store for pre-chopped salad ingredients. Just reach for the vegetables and fruits that are stored in your crisper drawer, or fresh from your garden. It’s an opportunity to expand your culinary creativity by combining flavors that you have readily accessible.

Yields
  • 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. vegetables

  • Fresh and/or dried fruit (optional)

  • Fresh herbs (optional)

  • Seeds and/or nuts (optional)

  • Cheese (optional)

  • Salad dressing (optional)

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Prep Time

5 minutes

Total Time

7 minutes

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Step 1: Prepare vegetables

Wash and prepare vegetables depending on the type. For instance, de-stem kale, core and seed red peppers and peel carrots. Cut the vegetables just enough to fit into your food processor work bowl if chopping, or through the feed tube if slicing or shredding.

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Step 2: Prepare food processor

Attach the slicer/shredder disc to the top of the drive adaptor of your KitchenAid® food processor and lock it into place along with the lid if slicing or shredding. Alternatively, you can use the multipurpose s-blade to chop your vegetables. Drop the s-blade over the drive adaptor and rotate until it falls into place. Leave the lid open to add your ingredients. Learn more on how to use a food processor step by step.

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Step 3: Chop, slice or shred vegetables

Add each type of vegetable separately through the feed tube to slice or shred while running your food processor on high for firm vegetables and low for softer veggies. If chopping, add your ingredients to the workbowls and carefully process to your desired consistency using Pulse. Keep a watchful eye out as it may be easy to overprocess your ingredients, depending on your food processor. This could leave you with mushy vegetables.

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Step 4: Make salad

Combine your vegetables and extra ingredients, like seeds, herbs and/or cheese in a bowl. Mix well, top with your salad dressing and serve. You can also mince fresh herbs, chop nuts, shred cheese or whip up a quick salad dressing using your food processor.

KitchenAid® food processor with chopped vegetables next to a chopped salad and freshly made salad dressing in a modern kitchen. KitchenAid® food processor with chopped vegetables next to a chopped salad and freshly made salad dressing in a modern kitchen.

4 tips for creating the perfect chopped salad

A perfect chopped salad really depends on desired taste and texture. There are so many ways to enhance your meal and with a food processor you can create a fresh, crunchy salad in minutes. Consider shredding cabbagedicing onions and chopping nuts with this convenient kitchen tool.

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1. Customize to your dietary needs

The benefit of serving a salad is that you can easily make it vegan or vegetarian, allergy-free and gluten-free. It doesn’t require much planning, just use your favorite vegetables, fruits and/or other ingredients that you already have on hand.

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2. Add a side of protein

To make a more hearty meal, include some protein along with your veggies. Consider cooking up chicken, fish, beans or tofu, depending on your appetite.

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3. Make your own salad dressing

Whip up a dressing to create more depth and extra fresh flavors to go with your salad. Try mouthwatering dressings such as Asian lime, garlic parmesan, herbed citrus vinaigrette or avocado cilantro lime. An immersion blender, like these models from KitchenAid brand, is a useful tool to have on hand for emulsifying a salad dressing.

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4. Serve it warm

When you’re in the mood for a warm meal, saute your chopped vegetables in olive oil. Consider adding other herbs or spices to the pan for a richer flavor. Cook until you reach your desired texture.

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A woman shredding lemon peel onto a chopped salad in a modern kitchen. A woman shredding lemon peel onto a chopped salad in a modern kitchen.

4 Creative chopped salad recipes with a twist

There are endless ways to make a chopped salad with a food processor. You may have your favorites, yet if you want to experiment with a range of ingredients, take a look at the following recipes for inspiration.

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1. Rainbow farro salad

Relish the fresh flavors of a colorful mix of julienned and sliced vegetables topped with farro or your preferred grain and drizzled with a sweet and tangy dressing.

A closeup of a Mediterranean white bean salad.

2. Mediterranean white bean salad

Take a trip to the seaside with the robust chopped and diced vegetables featuring flavors of the Mediterranean served up with crumbled feta and topped with a zesty vinaigrette.

A woman squeezing a lemon over a fresh chopped salad.

3. Coriander tamarind dressing with paneer salad

Explore the exotic flavors of India with the fragrance of tart tamarind and a balance of sweet and spicy flavors mixed in with your vegetables.

A closeup of a Brussels slaw salad with maple tahini dressing.

4. Brussels slaw salad with creamy maple tahini dressing

Savor fall flavors any time of year with Brussels sprouts and cabbage along with a burst of sweetness from apples and maple syrup.

KitchenAid® food processor and food chopper with chopped vegetables next to fresh vegetables in a modern kitchen. KitchenAid® food processor and food chopper with chopped vegetables next to fresh vegetables in a modern kitchen.

How long will a chopped salad keep?

With the convenience of a food processor for quick meal prep, it’s ideal to serve your chopped salad fresh, shortly after you make it. If you have leftovers, you can store your salad in an airtight container in the fridge for no longer than four days, depending on your ingredients.

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Make a delicious chopped salad in minutes with a KitchenAid® food processor. From mealtime prep to complete dishes, food processors are designed to help you effortlessly create your go-to recipes and inspire new favorites. If you’re not sure where to start, explore the variety of sizes and features in this KitchenAid® food processors buying guide to find the right fit for your cooking endeavors.

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