Good morning, guys and gals! And a happy day it is. I’m finally back with some recipe sharing and today I’m sharing a very basic, very easy, and very delicious Greek Chicken Salad recipe.
The fact that it’s already midway through August just depresses me. I’m really ready for some fall-like temperatures (and to actually not sweat when I walk outside) but August = classes starting. Again. I feel like summer school just ended?
Oh, that’s right. It did.
But! I am loving having this time off because it means I can do fun, social activities without having to worry about taking time off of work or cutting into study time! So, I took a trip to Charlotte, went to a bridal shower, went to my parents on the lake, I’m taking my grandma to the mall, and Matt and I are hopefully going to Six Flags. I got to experiment with some new recipes in the kitchen and cleaned the walls in my apartment. I’ve watched a LOT of Live with Kelly and Ryan (I’m a middle aged housewife, apparently).
Yeah, it’s been a good month so far.
Of course, with summer, I have been grilling a lot. I never really *got* why parents didn’t want to use the oven or stovetop in the summer. I mean, that’s why you have the AC on, right?! Well… my apartment uses electric to power the AC units. Which means we really only turn it on at night so our bedroom can be cold enough to sleep in. So, grilling it is!
One of my go-to meals for a quick, delicious, and nutritious dinner that you can grill is a Greek Chicken Salad. Chances are, you’ve already got everything you need for this salad in your fridge and spice rack which makes everything just that much easier.
Don’t you hate it when you see something really yummy looking on your Instagram or Pinterest feed only to realize you have to shuffle to the grocery store because you’re missing an ingredient or two? I do. Because the only grocery stores within a comfortable walking distance are expensive (Whole Foods I love ya but $$$) or kinda just meh. City living, folks.
I love love love to marinade chicken in this Greek marinade! The combo of lemon, olive oil, some red wine vinegar, and greek yogurt is just DIVINE. And although I’m sharing a salad recipe today, this chicken can be used in a variety of ways: greek nachos, chicken gyros with tzatziki, or just eat with some rice and grilled veggies or a tomato cucumber salad. YUM!
Greek Chicken Salad
- 1-lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt
- juice from one lemon (approx. 3-4 tbsp of lemon juice)
- 2 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp dried dill
- 4 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder (or 2 minced garlic cloves)
- 6-8 cups mixed greens (approx. one large package)
- 1 cup cucumbers, diced
- 1 cup tomatoes, diced
- 1/2 cup red onion, sliced thinly
- kalamata olives, to taste
- crumbled feta, to taste
In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the marinade (red wine vinegar, olive oil, greek yogurt, lemon, salt, pepper, oregano, dill, and garlic). Set aside half of the marinade into a container or jar to use for dressing your salad. Add the chicken to the marinade bowl, making sure to coat the chicken in the marinade. Cover and let sit in the fridge for at least 10 minutes but 2+ hours is best.
After the chicken has been marinated, heat your grill to 350-400F (or oven to 350F). Cook chicken on both sides for 4-5 minutes, until the insides are no longer pink (or if you have a meat thermometer, until the internal temperature has reached 165F).
While the chicken is cooling, prepare your salad in a large bowl. Add the remaining marinade - the jar you set aside - to the top of your salad and mix well. Slice your chicken, add feta and kalamata olives to taste!
If you're preparing your salad ahead of time, add the dressing just before eating. You don't want a soggy salad, do you?!