The Chopped Bleu at Zelko Bistro is one of those salads you would be loathe to call "rabbit food." Prior to an entrée of the juicy Boss Burger, I ordered the Chopped Bleu in an attempt to round out a meat-centric meal.
At heart (and from the menu description) I knew I wasn't getting a light assortment of mesclun greens sprinkled with vinaigrette. In fact, I was thrilled when I received the opposite: a huge mound romaine lettuce, green apples, red onions, bacon, pecans...and I did mention BACON? Needless to say, this is not the salad for an ascetic waif.
Now, of course no one likes a sloppy salad drenched with dressing. If I wanted that, I would have ordered coleslaw. The Chopped Bleu barely (and delightfully) avoids such a fate by being just coated with a thin layer of blue cheese. The tart apple chunks pair well with the sour cheese and play down the saltiness of the bacon. Almond slivers provide a lovely crunch and make the salad into lovely sort of creamy vegetable trail mix.
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My dining companion also liked the salad, which curbed our hunger but did not overwhelm over appetites before we received our entrees. A large portion ($10) is more than enough to share between two people or have as an appetizer and next-day lunch for one.