La Scala’s Famous Chopped Salad Made Skinny



Jean Leon opened La Scala in Beverly Hills in 1956.  The restaurant is revered for its Original Chopped Salad. Considered by many to be L.A’s definitive chopped. Their salad is wonderful in its simplicity-iceberg and romaine, mozzarella, Genoa salami, garbanzos, all finely chopped, tossed in vinaigrette and topped with one Kalamata olive.  It’s available with many different customizations such as adding turkey, tuna or chicken. I’m adding turkey to my recipe and making it skinnier by using only romaine lettuce, including chopped tomatoes, reduced-fat salami, light cheese and dressing.  Each main course salad has 298 calories, 13 grams of fat and 7 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. This salad is sensational! After a few forkfuls, I’m sure you’ll agree, this is a salad you could eat almost every day!

Prep Time: 15 minutes


10 cups romaine lettuce, chopped

1½ cups tomatoes, chopped

1½ cups (6 oz) turkey breast, diced

¾ cup (3 oz) reduced-fat Italian dry salami, cut into thin strips, see shopping tip

1¼ cups canned garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed and chopped

½ cup reduced-fat mozzarella cheese

8 Kalamata olives or black olives, pitted and chopped

½ cup Cardini’s Light Caesar Vinaigrette or Girard’s Light Champagne Dressing, see shopping tips

1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, to taste


1. Chop romaine lettuce and add to a large salad bowl. Add remaining ingredients except the dressing and balsamic vinegar.  Cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

2. Just before serving, toss in dressing and balsamic vinegar. Add a little more dressing, if desired.

Makes 4 main-courses salads or 8 first-course salads

Food Fact

La Scala has been popular for years with the locals and entertainment industry.  It has comfortable red booths and drawings of Hollywood figures lining the walls.  Traditional Italian fare is offered, as well as an exceptional wine list supplied by Owner Jean Leon’s personal vineyard, Chateau Leon, in Spain.  La Scala has two locations, Beverly Hills and Brentwood.

Shopping Tips

My two favorite store bought dressings for this salad are Cardini’s Light Caesar Vinaigrette or Girard’s Light Champagne Dressing.  They are both delicious reduced-fat dressings.  Either are sold in most large supermarket chains in the salad dressing aisle.  I found them at Von’s/Safeway. Or use your favorite Caesar or Italian dressing.

I used Columbus Lite Italian Dry Salami.  I also found it at Von’s/Safeway in the deli section of the supermarket. There are other brands available in the luncheon meat section of the market.

Prep Tip

To cut the sodium way down when using canned beans, rinse and drain first before adding to a recipe.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 7
Weight Watchers (old points) 6

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 main-course salad
298 calories, 13g fat, 3g sat. fat, 45mg chol, 20g protein, 20g carbs, 5g fiber, 1334mg sodium, 3g sugar
FACTS: for SmartPoints
263 calories, 3g sat. fat, 2g sugar, 20g protein

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16 Responses to “La Scala’s Famous Chopped Salad Made Skinny”

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  2. Sarah Says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and made this last night! My husband and I were delighted. We used to have a little pizzeria nearby that we loved and their Bella Chopped Salad was my favorite menu item! I was so disappointed when they closed and have been trying to recreate our beloved”Bella chopped” since then! This recipe ends my search and I now have it! The dressing was the key, I used your recommendation for the light Cardini Caesar with balsamic and it was perfect! Thank you thank you!

  3. admin Says:

    Thanks for the wonderful feedback Sarah! I’m so happy this recipe worked for you and your husband. How fun that it satisfies your craving for “Bella Chopped”

  4. Katie B. of Says:

    Wow this is a delicious looking salad! I haven’t been to La Scala, but who hasn’t heard of it? Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    I found you via Hope Studios and I’d love if you’d come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.

  5. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Katie and thanks for the invite! I’ll bring this one by to share.

  6. Miz Helen Says:

    Your Salad looks delicious, I will just love it. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a good week!
    Miz Helen

  7. admin Says:

    Thanks Miz Helen. I love your link parties each week and will share again next week.
    All the best,

  8. Miz Helen Says:

    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend and your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. admin Says:

    Wow…Thanks so much Miz Helen!!!
    I LOVE your link party each week.Thanks so much for hosting!
    Have a great holiday weekend.
    With my very best wishes,

  10. Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution Says:

    Did you see? You’re highlighted on my Friday Flash Blog party at

    Thanks for visiting and being a party of The Jenny Evolution Community.

  11. admin Says:

    Jenny, I’m so excited to see you shared my recipe!!! Thank you for always hosting such a wonderful link party-
    All the best to you,

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    One of my favorites Heather. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Susan G. Says:

    Unfortunately, I will have to give this a pass. While the fat and calories have been reduced, that sodium content exceeds my limit for an entire day, let alone a single meal.

  16. admin Says:

    Susan, you can cut the sodium down by choosing a lower sodium dressing.

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