Friday, August 30, 2013

Greek Chicken Salad

I love eating salads in the summatime when all the cukes and tomatoes are ripe for the pickin' in my garden.  But we had flooding in our side yard this summer and I lost my sweet little garden.  It was sad, but I was so grateful the damage was minimal to our yard and basement.  It could have been worse.
This salad is a great to make anytime of year because you use English cucumbers (the ones that you don't have to peel) and little grape tomatoes which are always available.
This grilled chicken salad was inspired and the recipe adapted from Our Best Bites.  They did a pasta Greek salad but I wanted to make it more clean, so I switched it up a bit.  Our Best Bites has great salad dressing recipes, and this Greek dressing is delish.  It is white and creamy from the feta and coats the chicken and veggies well.
Greek Chicken Salad
recipe adapted from Our Best Bites
 
Ingredients:
1 lb chicken breasts, cut into thinner cutlets
1/2 lemon
grill seasoning
1 English cucumber, with a couple strips peeled for show, and sliced down the middle and the seeds scooped out
1 cup grape tomatoes
1 cup of quartered artichoke hearts (I buy the cans of hearts in water, but you can use the marinated ones or frozen ones if you want)
1/4 - 1/3 cup feta cheese, cut into chunks
1/2 cup Kalamata olives
1/4 red onion, very thinly sliced
Dressing:
1/4 cup feta cheese
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup light olive oil (or canola oil)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
 
Directions:
Slice your chicken in half, making thinner cutlets.  Season with lemon juice and sprinkle with grill seasoning. 
Grill on outdoor grill, or inside on a grill pan, until cooked through.  While the chicken is cooking, mix together all the salad ingredients in a large bowl.
Make your dressing by mixing your dressing ingredients together in a mini food processor or blender.
I have a ninja pulse blender that I love.  It has single size serving cups that you can blend right in - perfect for making salad dressings.
Pour the dressing over the salad, making sure to fully coat everything.  You may not need the entire amount.
Once your chicken is cooked, place on a cutting board to cool slightly.
Slice the chicken into thin strips, and then add to the salad.
The dressing really pumps up the flavor value in this dish.  Doesn't that look great?  My husband and I loved it.
This salad was a great summer dinner, but really you can make it anytime of year with all these ingredients available year round.
Enjoy!

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