A traditional Greek salad, with chicken added, it's familiar and new at the same time.
Summer nights create a thousand ready reasons to skip supper at home in the kitchen. Little League and bike rides that run long. An after-work happy hour on a breezy patio. Lawn mowing. A family outing to the zoo. Day games. An oh-so-pretty-nobody-wants-to-leave afternoon at the pool.
An obvious answer to the 'What’s for supper?' question is drive-through food on the way home. Instead, think about drive-by food on the way home.
Drive by the grocery, grab a rotisserie chicken (a busy parent’s miracle food if there ever is one) and a few vegetables. Get home. Kick off the shoes. Assemble the salad. Plate. Somebody pour the milk, please! Pray. Eat. Enjoy.
SIMPLE HUMMUS Hummus is the chickpea (also called garbanzo bean) paste served with pita rounds in Greek restaurants. Grocery stores carry prepared versions but hummus is quick ‘n’ easy to make at home. In a food processor (or with a potato masher), puree a can of drained garbanzo beans, 2 cloves of garlic, 1/3 cup of tahini (a sesame seed paste or in a pinch, use peanut butter), the juice of a lemon or two, some fresh parsley. Add olive oil a few drops at a time until a spreadable consistency is reached.
CHICKEN GREEK SALAD
another good reason to eat at home!
Time to table: 25 minutes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- Zest from 1 lemon (see ALANNA’s TIPS)
- Juice of 2 lemons (about 3 tablespoons)
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled between fingertips (see TIPS)
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 3 cups rotisserie chicken, skin removed, in bite-size pieces (or leftover grilled chicken)
- 1 English cucumber, diced
- 1 large tomato, diced
- 1 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
- 1/2 medium red onion, diced fine
- Other veggies, optional (see TIPS)
- Romaine lettuce for 4, torn
- Baby spinach for 4
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
Whisk dressing ingredients in large bowl. Stir in chicken, cucumber, tomato, olives and red onion and combine well.
Arrange lettuce and spinach on four plates. Top with chicken mixture, then sprinkle with feta cheese. Serve with torn pita bread and hummus – and enjoy, at home!
MORE SERVING IDEAS Usually, I make this salad all in one big jumble but for a group, I've also made a "Greek Salad Bar" with individual bowls of each of the ingredients, letting people build their own salad plates. For picture purposes and for a person or two, a "composed salad" does the trick. All work!
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