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Purple Café and The Purple Chopped Salad

Some thoughts on a Seattle signature dish, alongside a copycat recipe.

If Paseo’s “Famous Caribbean Roast” is Seattle’s signature sandwich, Purple Café’s “Purple Chopped” deserves the distinction of being Seattle’s signature salad. The downtown eatery’s zesty, fresh dish has developed a cult following that, thanks to an online menu, is easy to replicate:

Purple salad and copycat salad
For reference: The original “Purple Chopped” vs. the copycat.
The Recipe

For the dressing (based on Cook’s Illustrated):

  • 1 shallot, peeled and finely minced
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Combine vigorously—I shake it in a mason jar.

For the salad, everything should be chopped very fine. I used a Cuisinart instead of a knife1.

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup Gorgonzola
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans
  • ½ red onion
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • 3 leaves romaine lettuce
  • 6 leaves iceberg lettuce (should be a one-to-one ratio with the romaine)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 avocado, sliced

Mix all the ingredients together with about four tablespoons of the dressing. Divide into two, three, or four bowls, top each with avocado slices, and serve.

For storage, keep each ingredient in a separate container and combine when ready.

Oh, and the rest of Purple’s food? It’s very good. My grilled Spanish octopus was light and flavorful, and the French onion soup balanced sweet flavors with Sherry well.

Find Purple at 1225 4th Ave downtown and 14459 Redmond-Woodinville Rd in Woodinville.

  1. To illustrate, if you saw The Menu, I equate my knife skills to those of Nicholas Hoult.

    Ralph Fiennes sarcastically says "this is a new dicing method which we have been woefully ignorant"