Chicken Greek Salad

A traditional Greek salad, with chicken added, it's familiar and new at the same time.

Chicken Greek Salad

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.

ALANNA's TIPS Lime substitutes beautifully for lemon in the dressing. Why crumble dried herbs? You’ll know if you smell your fingertips: even gentle crushing releases the oils, intensifying flavor just a tidge. Everyone famished tonight? Bulk up with extra cucumber and tomato; add sweet pepper, fennel, zucchini, even chickpeas (if you’re not making hummus) and pepperoncini.

QUICK SUPPER:
CHICKEN GREEK SALAD

Just assemble and serve -
another good reason to eat at home!
Hands-on time: 25 minutes
Time to table: 25 minutes
Serves 4
    DRESSING
  • 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
    SALAD
  • 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!

NUTRITION ESTIMATE Per Serving: 333 Calories; 15g Tot Fat; 5g Sat Fat; 13g Carb; 3g Fiber; 601mg Sodium; 106mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers Old Points 7 & PointsPlus 6

Simple Hummus Recipe


Simple Hummus

While my recipe for Simple Hummus uses the traditional chickpeas, there are other options. How about lima bean hummus?


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It does sound very good. I hadn't thought of combining chicken with Greek salad ingredients befoer! Good idea, but you will have to allow me to put less olive and more Feta cheese. (When I started categorizing my salad recipes by ingredient, I had a huge list of salads with Feta cheese!)
 
I haven´t thought of combining Greek Salad with chicken either. Never got a "horiatiki salata" in Greece mixed with chicken. However, I don´t think Greek people have anything against chicken.

The quick and easy Bulgarian variant,(Shopska salata/shopska salat), goes well with chicken too.

Less ingredients: Only diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and chopped onions. On top: A thick layer of grated Bulgarian brined cheese (similar to feta cheese; may be used as a substitute). Salt, pepper, vinegar and vegetable oil (sunseed oil) are provided separately.
 
I like this Alanna - drive-by food :) nice meaty yet light salad.
 
Kalyn ~ Of course!

Karin ~ I wasn't supposing there was anything particularly 'authentic' about this salad (the goal, after all, was a quick supper) but am glad to hear that Greek cuisine doesn't forgo chicken! And the Bulgarian version sounds great!!

Cynthia ~ Yes, drive-by food! It's my mission, to help make it easier for people to eat their own food at home. Simple is fine!
 
Oh man, I live on hummus. It's such good stuff!

If you ever get the chance to buy lemongrass, do so. Not only does it taste amazing, but the aroma of it sauteing with the onions, garlic, and ginger was unbelievable.
 

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