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Greek Chicken Salad with Tzatziki Dressing and Pita Croutons

The BEST Greek Chicken Salad EVER that may have you craving salad!


This Greek Chicken Salad recipe is like a deconstructed gyro you’ll crave for days!  It’s loaded with juicy Greek hen, Romaine lettuce, crisp cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, crunchy bell peppers, zippy pink onions, tangy Kalmata olives, salty creamy feta, PITA CROUTONS and creamy, healthy TZATZIKI DRESSING!  It’s straightforward to make, exploding with texture and you’ll be able to prep all the elements ahead of time for a meal you possibly can throw together in minutes!  (Photograph & submit update – recipe initially posted June 2, 2017)

GREEK CHICKEN SALAD Recipe

Who else looooves Greek Meals?  From my Greek Lemon Rice to my Chicken Souvlaki, Beef Souvlaki, Greek Past Salad, Greek Pizza, I just can’t get sufficient of the recent, brilliant, healthy delicacies.  I typically find myself ordering Greek Salad and wishing I might eat only Greek salad.  And now you possibly can – with this Greek CHICKEN Salad!

I added juicy, marinated Greek hen to our favourite salad which transforms it into a hearty fundamental dish that is refreshing, mild, wholesome, filling and satisfying all on the similar time. I topped our Greek Chicken Salad with pita croutons – because addicting CRUNCH – and drizzled it all with Tzatziki Dressing that’s creamy, recent and tangy. The ensuing Greek Chicken Salad is a harmonious, mouth joyful dance of flavor and texture that may have you savoring every chew.

Along with the YUM issue, I additionally love this Greek Chicken Salad recipe because every single one of many elements could be prepped forward of time for a really perfect meal-prep lunch or make ahead dinner!

So, please don’t be intimidated whenever you take a look at the elements – there are a few things happening with the hen, the dressing, the croutons and the salad BUT they all may be prepped DAYS forward of time – and at totally different occasions AND they arrive together shortly (you actually push “blend” to make the dressing).  So, please make this Greek Chicken Salad – you’ll not regret it!

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What hen is greatest for Greek Chicken Salad?

A Greek Chicken Salad wants dynamite Greek hen.  I used my rave worthy Greek hen marinade because as I stated in that publish, it’s a 10 out of 10 for my part.

The marinade is a fast whisking of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and a plethora of pantry spices together with garlic, oregano, cumin, basil, and paprika. Can we say FLAVOR?!  It would be best to devour this hen plain it smells soooo good and tastes even higher.

How lengthy do I marinate my Greek hen?

It would be best to marinate the Greek Chicken for Four-8 hours.  You will get away with marinating it for much less time, but the longer you marinate the hen, the extra flavorful it’ll turn out to be.  However, you don’t need to marinate the hen longer than 8 hours as a result of lemon juice can truly constrict the protein fibers and make your hen robust and chewy.

Can I exploit hen thighs?

Completely!  You should use hen breasts or hen thighs, you will simply need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.  I chose hen breasts as a result of they’re leaner however hen thighs are inherently juicier and reheat higher.

showing how to make Greek Chicken Salad by slicing chicken on a cutting board

Greek CHICKEN SALAD INGREDIENTS AND SUBSTITUTIONS:

Most of these Greek Chicken Salad elements are the identical as my Greek Pasta Salad – so you possibly can double up and make it a Greek week!

For this Greek Chicken Salad recipe you will have:

  • Romaine lettuce.  You want a big head of Romaine, in any other case you should use 2-3 smaller heads.  You’ll be able to even use half Romaine and half iceberg for a stunning crunch.
  • Tomatoes. Please use ripe cherry tomatoes for one of the best texture.  Cherry tomatoes are inherently sweeter than grape tomatoes, so purpose for cherry in the event you can.  You can even use a couple of Roma tomatoes, but it would be best to seed them first in order that they don’t make your Greek Chicken Salad soggy.
  • Bell peppers.  You need to use purple, yellow or orange bell pepper – no matter you could have available!
  • Cucumber.  I recommend an English cucumber as a result of you then don’t should peel it, but you’re welcome to substitute with a peeled, slicing cucumber.
  • Purple onions.  You’ll be able to thinly slice the purple onions or chop them.  Pink onions are quintessential to Greek salad, but if they are too robust for you, then you possibly can add the sliced/chopped onions to bowl, and submerge them in chilly ice water for 10 minutes, earlier than draining, drying and utilizing.
  • Olives. Please use Kalamata olives and not just black olives for their dark, wealthy intensely fruity flavor.  I exploit pitted Kalamata olives and then slice them as a result of they are juicer and have a tendency to hold collectively higher than jarred sliced olives.
  • Feta cheese.  This rich, creamy, salty, tangy cheese adds SO much flavor!  It is bought by the block or in crumbles. I all the time have a big container of feta crumbles in my fridge from Costco, so that is what I exploit but if you will get your arms on chunked feta, it’s fabulous!
  • PITA Croutons!   I am a firm believer that each salad recipe wants a component of crunch – and for this Greek Chicken Salad it comes in the type of  pita croutons!  The pita croutons style like seasoned pita chips AKA YUM.  I was so excited about my concept for pita croutons, as I really like conventional selfmade croutons, and these turned out even more extremely scrumptious than I imagined.  If you would like a shortcut, you should use some crushed pita chips, however I promise do-it-yourself pita croutons are SO EASY.

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Greek Chicken Salad Dressing

Now to the most effective a part of the Greek Chicken Salad – the creamy, recent, vibrant Tzatziki Dressing!  Traditional Greek Salad is served with a vinaigrette whereas gyros are served with Tzatziki, so I went the gyro route as a result of I LOVE garlic, dill, lemon infused Tzatziki and all its creamy tangy deliciousness.  And this Greek salad loves this Tzatziki Dressing.

The ingredient listing is slightly long for the Greek Dressing, but keep in mind, it’s simple to make.  The only prep you must do is to chop the cucumber and add it to a superb mesh sieve with some salt.  It will forestall the dressing from turning into watery.   Whereas the cucumber is doing it’s thing, you’ll be able to chop the remainder of the veggies, then just adding the dressing elements to your blender an push mix!

Easy methods to MAKE GREEK CHICKEN SALAD:

STEP 1: Make Greek Chicken

Whisk the marinade elements collectively and add hen.  You possibly can grill the hen or prepare dinner it on the stove prime.  You’ll be able to serve it sliced or chopped.  It’s also possible to make it 2 days ahead of time and refrigerate it or prepare dinner it up right once you’re able to make the salad.

showing how to make Greek chicken for Greek chicken salad in a skillet

STEP 2: Make Greek Dressing

Add chopped cucumbers to a effective mesh sieve and season with ½ teaspoon salt to help them release their juices. Allow them to sit for 15 minutes or so.  I then use the back of a spoon to press down on the cucumber to eliminate any excess juices.  This step is tremendous straightforward but in addition super essential so that you don’t end up with watery dressing.

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Subsequent, add your drained cucumbers to your blender along with Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice, purple wine vinegar, olive oil, dill, parsley, pepper and cumin and blend away to garlicky, herby, tangy, creamy amazingness.

showing how to make Greek chicken Salad by adding Greek Dressing ingredients to a blender

STEP Three: Make Pita Croutons

Toss your reduce up pitas with olive oil, salt, garlic powder and paprika and bake for 10 minutes and you’ve gotten pita croutons you gained’t have the ability to cease munching!

The BEST Greek Chicken Salad loaded with crazy delicious Pita Croutons and creamy Tzatziki Dressing! Its like a deconstructed gyro you will crave for days!

STEP Four: Assemble Greek Chicken Salad

You’ll be able to both combine all the components or hold them separate relying on for those who’re anticipating leftovers.  See under for serving recommendations.

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Methods to Serve Greek Chicken Salad

  • If not anticipating leftovers:  Add romaine, cucumber, bell peppers, tomatoes olives, and onions to a large salad bowl and give it a great toss.  Now you possibly can either toss within the hen, dressing, croutons and feta, OR serve them on the aspect and let everybody gown their own salads.
  • If anticipating leftovers:  Toss romaine, cucumber, bell peppers, tomatoes olives, and onions collectively in a large salad bowl. Serve hen, dressing, croutons and feta on the aspect.  It will forestall the salad and croutons from getting soggy when storing.
  • Salad Bar.  If in case you have picky eaters or need a fun entertaining concept, then think about a salad bar where everyone can pile on as a lot or as little of their favourite toppings.  Everyone seems to be a winner with a Greek Chicken Salad Bar!
  • You don’t should make a salad!   The fixings or leftovers of this Greek Chicken Salad are fabulous in pitas or as a grain/rice bowl.

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Ideas for Greek Chicken Salad

  • Customize elements.  The salad components and measurements are merely recommendations.  You should use add/swap any components in your favorite veggies.
  • Don’t over marinate hen. Don’t marinate hen longer than 8 hours or it could actually grow to be robust.
  • Flip marinating hen. When you’re house and consider it, flip bag of marinating hen over halfway via so the hen marinates evenly.
  • Pound hen to a good thickness.  Pound the thickest a part of the hen so it’s even with the thinnest half to ensure the hen cooks evenly.  You don’t want one aspect to be cooked perfectly and the other aspect to be raw or overcooked/dry.
  • Tenderize hen.  Pounding the hen also  tenderizes it as properly.  For those who don’t have a meat mallet, you need to use the aspect of a can.  I place my hen in the ziploc bag I’m going to marinate it and then pound.
  • Let hen relaxation.  Let the Greek Chicken relaxation for five minutes slicing. This provides the juices time to redistribute throughout the hen.
  • Various protons. Though this is Greek CHICKEN Salad, the marinade can be delicious shrimp, salmon, pork or steak, so be happy to combine it up!
  • Chill dressing.  You’ll need to refrigerate your Tzatziki Dressing for a minimum of an hour however it is even better refrigerated in a single day as it turns into creamier and the flavors turn out to be deeper.  Oh.  My.  Yum.
  • Prep ahead:  You can also make your hen, chop all your veggies, make the dressing and pita croutons all ahead of time and retailer in air-tight containers in your fridge so all that’s left is to do is assemble and EAT! Detailed prep ahead directions under.

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Prep Ahead Greek Chicken Salad

I really like this Greek Chicken Salad as a result of although there a couple of steps, you’ll be able to prep virtually every thing prematurely:

  • Greens:  might be chopped 24 hour prematurely and retailer in separate hermetic containers in the fridge.
  • Dressing:  may be made one week prematurely and stored in an hermetic container within the fridge.
  • Chicken:  might be cooked 1-2 days prematurely and stored in an hermetic container in the fridge.
  • Croutons:  could be made 5 days prematurely and saved in an hermetic container.

showing how to make Greek Chicken Salad by tossing romaine lettuce, Greek Chicken, red onions, olives, cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes and feta cheese together in a salad bowl

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Greek Chicken Salad with Pita Croutons and Tzatziki Dressing

This Greek Chicken Salad recipe is like a deconstructed gyro you will crave for days! It’s loaded with juicy Greek hen, Romaine lettuce, crisp cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, crunchy bell peppers, zippy purple onions, tangy Kalmata olives, salty creamy feta, PITA CROUTONS and creamy, wholesome TZATZIKI DRESSING! It’s straightforward to make, exploding with texture and you possibly can prep all the elements ahead of time for a meal you’ll be able to throw together in minutes!

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Components

Tzatziki Dressing

  • half seedless/English cucumber peeled and chopped
  • half teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/Four cup mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled or 1/4 teaspoon garliic powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon pink wine vinegar (might sub white)
  • 1/2 tsp EACH dried dill, dried parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper, floor cumin

Salad

  • 1 giant head romaine lettuce, chopped (about 8 cups)
  • 1 English cucumber peeled, halved, sliced
  • 8 oz. cherry or tomatoes halved
  • 1 bell pepper (any colour) chopped
  • half pink onion very thinly sliced
  • 1/Four cup pitted Kalamata olives sliced if desired
  • sliced almonds optionally available
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Straightforward Pita Croutons

  • Four plain pita breads minimize into 1/2″ squares (roughly 4 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/Eight tsp EACH salt, garlic pwder, paprika

Elements

Tzatziki Dressing

  • half seedless/English cucumber peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/Four cup mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled or 1/4 teaspoon garliic powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon pink wine vinegar (might sub white)
  • 1/2 tsp EACH dried dill, dried parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper, floor cumin

Salad

  • 1 giant head romaine lettuce, chopped (about 8 cups)
  • 1 English cucumber peeled, halved, sliced
  • 8 oz. cherry or tomatoes halved
  • 1 bell pepper (any shade) chopped
  • 1/2 pink onion very thinly sliced
  • 1/Four cup pitted Kalamata olives sliced if desired
  • sliced almonds non-compulsory
  • half cup crumbled feta cheese

Straightforward Pita Croutons

  • Four plain pita breads reduce into 1/2″ squares (roughly Four cups)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp EACH salt, garlic pwder, paprika
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Instructions

Greek Chicken

  1. Put together hen in accordance with recipe directions.

Blender Tzatziki Dressing

  1. Add chopped cucumbers to a effective mesh sieve and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt. Stir and let sit 15-20 minutes (this prevents the dressing from turning into watery). After 15/20 minutes, use the again of a spoon to push cucumber down towards sieve to release extra water.

  2. Add cucumber along with all remaining Tzatziki Dressing elements to a blender and blend till clean. Season with salt and pepper to style if wanted. Refrigerate until able to serve – greatest if chilled at the very least 1 hour, the longer the better.

Pita Croutons

  1. Preheat oven to 400F levels. Add pita squares to a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt, paprika and garlic powder. Toss till evenly coated then spread into a fair layer on baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or till golden.

Assemble

  1. Add romaine, cucumber, bell peppers, tomatoes olives, and onions to a large salad bowl and give it an excellent toss. Now you’ll be able to both toss in the hen, dressing, croutons and feta, OR if expecting leftovers, serve them on the aspect and let everybody gown their very own salads. Take pleasure in!

Recipe Notes

Prep Forward Greek Chicken Salad

I really like this Greek Chicken Salad because although there a number of steps, you’ll be able to prep virtually every thing prematurely:

  • Greens:  might be chopped 24 hour prematurely and store in separate hermetic containers in the fridge.
  • Dressing:  could be made one week prematurely and stored in an hermetic container in the refrigerator.
  • Chicken:  may be cooked 1-2 days prematurely and saved in an hermetic container in the refrigerator.
  • Croutons:  may be made 5 days prematurely and stored in an airtight container.

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