Have you tried 'Arizona's State Salad'? Get the recipe!

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX - Officially, it's called The Original Chopped Salad, but to many it's the state salad of Arizona.
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"Often imitated I am corn, couscous, smoked salmon, asiago, pepitas, tomatoes, arugula & currants," reads its Facebook page. Yes, this salad has its own Facebook page and more than 1,000 likes.

You can find The Original Chopped Salad on the menu at The Gladly in Phoenix, as well as Citizen Public House.

3TV's Yetta Gibson talked to the man behind this wildly popular salad, Chef Bernie Kantak. He came up with the salad in 1997 and it was an instant hit with foodies.

The Gladly is located at 2201. E. Camelback Road. For reservations, call 602-759-8132.

The recipe

1/2 cup smoked salmon
2/3 cup freeze-dried corn
2/3 cup chopped arugula
2/3 cup cooked Isreali couscous
Trail mix 1/4 cup black currants
1/4 cup toasted pepitas
3 Tbsp. ground aged asiago
1/2 cup diced Roma tomato tossed with 1 Tbsp. balsamic and 2 tsp. olive oil, one large basil leaf chiffonade, pinch of salt and pepper

1 cup Best Foods mayo
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 Tbsp. Pecorino Romano
Juice of 1 lemon
12 basil leafs
1 tsp. minced garlic

Combine thoroughly in blender.