Barnelli's Pasta Bowl is an Illinois-based restaurant that focuses on home-style Italian cooking, fresh ingredients and family recipes. Its chopped salad is one of 12 specialty salads on the menu, mixing a variety of vegetables, meats, cheeses and dressing. All Barnelli's Pasta Bowl restaurants are located inside of Portillo's restaurants.
Chopped Salad Ingredients
The Barnelli's Pasta Bowl chopped salad contains five vegetables: Romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, green onions and red cabbage. There are two kinds of meat -- chicken and bacon -- along with Gorgonzola cheese and house dressing. The salad comes with fresh-baked bread.
The Bernelli's chopped salad contains two servings of Romaine and iceberg lettuce, one serving each of cooked chicken breast, tomato, bacon, green onion and Gorgonzola cheese crumbles, and one-half serving of Italian house dressing. Because Bernelli's does not reveal its recipes for dressings and sauces, Kraft's Italian house dressing has been substituted for all nutritional values. Based on nutritional information from LIVESTRONG.com's MyPlate, the average chopped salad contains 524 calories, meaning it accounts for 26.2 percent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggestion of 2,000 calories per day for the average adult. The largest caloric contributors are the chicken, which has 196 calories and the Gorgonzola cheese, which has100 calories.
Fat and Carbohydrates
The average Bernelli's chopped salad contains around 26.5g of fat, of which 7.5g are saturated fat. The FDA standards suggest the average adult consume 67g of fat and 25g of saturated fat per day. So, the Bernelli's chopped salad accounts for 39.6 percent of the daily intake of fat and 30 percent of the daily intake of saturated fat. The Gorgonzola cheese crumbles account for 8g of fat and 5g of saturated fat, while the bacon adds 6g of fat and 2g of saturated fat. The salad contains 18.8g of carbohydrates, about 6.3 percent of the daily recommended allowance.
Other Nutritional Information
Based on ingredient nutritional information from LIVESTRONG.COM's MyPlate, the salad contains 51.3g of protein, more than half of it coming from the chicken. It also contains 4.2g of dietary fiber, 1,084mg of sodium and 105mg of cholesterol. The chopped salad's vegetables and cheese give it a strong dose of vitamins, with the lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cabbage combining to provide for 79 percent of the recommended daily dosage of vitamin A, 58 percent of vitamin C intake, 24 percent of calcium intake and 9 percent of iron intake.
More on Barnelli's
Barnelli's Pasta Bowl has 10 locations, as of 2010, each with its own theme, ranging from 1930s Prohibition to old Western miners to 1930s and 40s gangsters. There are nine locations in Illinois, in Crystal Lake, Chicago, Glendale Heights, Niles, Naperville, Shcaumburg, Summit, Vernon Hills and Willowbrook. There is also one location in Merrillville, Indiana.