Grilled Chicken Greek Salad

Grilled Chicken Greek Salad

Grilled Chicken Greek Salad ~ if you love a great main course salad in the warmer months like I do, then this vibrant Greek salad topped with lean grilled chicken breast will win you over for sure.  It’s a light but totally satisfying meal.

*I’m partnering today with Vital, a spice company with a cool new concept.  They gather spices from around the world and offer them up in perfectly curated Exploration Spice Box collections so you can cook authentic International dishes at home.  Today we’re visiting Greece & the Aegean islands!

Everybody’s had a grilled chicken salad before, but when you tweak it just a little to give it an authentic Greek spin, you get something really special.  My Greek Exploration Spice Box has everything I need to give this salad a Mediterranean vibe.  I step up my chicken breasts game with a mint and lemon rub, along with minced garlic and oregano.  The classic olive oil and lemon dressing gets a boost from Vital’s traditional Greek herb mix.

The key to getting a tender moist grilled chicken breast is to grill it briefly in a grill pan to get those pretty and flavorful char marks, but then to transfer the chicken to a moderate oven to finish the cooking gently.  And definitely don’t overcook it, the meat is done when it registers 165F on a thermometer, and that only takes about 10 minutes in the oven.

TIP: Buy thin sliced chicken breasts, or slice them in half yourself so they are not too thick.  (You can also pound them thinner) Thinner breasts will cook quickly and evenly and won’t have a chance to get rubbery.

I let the chicken cool briefly and then slice them on the bias for perfectly tender juicy chicken.  Allow 1/2 ~ 1 breast per serving, depending on how hearty you want your salad.

TIP: I used skinless boneless breasts, which are lean and healthy, but the herb rub gives the chicken the appearance of a crisp skin without the extra saturated fat ~ it’s a win win. 

My Greek Exploration Spice Box includes ~

  • Mint Powder
  • Oregano
  • Mint & Lemon Rub
  • Greek Herbs
  • Minced Garlic

With this little collection you can make all kinds of Greek inspired recipes.  I’ve dabbled in Greek food on the blog, and they’ve become some of my favorite recipes, like my GREEK MEATBALLS IN LEMON SAUCE, and my GREEK STYLE STUFFED ARTICHOKES.

If you love to cook International food but don’t have the knowledge or the access to specialized spices, you might like the idea of Vital’s Exploration Spice Box Membership ~ you’ll get a new spice collection delivered 4 times a year, to coordinate with the seasons.  It makes a great gift, too, for anyone who loves to cook.

Grilled Greek Chicken Salad

Category: main course

Cuisine: Greek

Yield: serves 4

Grilled Greek Chicken Salad

Ingredients

    chicken
  • 2 thin skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • Vital Mint & Lemon Rub, Oregano, and Minced Garlic
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper
    salad
  • a small head of romaine lettuce, washed, dried, and chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 small Persian cucumbers, sliced
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup kalamata olives
  • 1 cup crumbled or cubed feta cheese
    dressing
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 1/2 to 2 lemons (add more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Vital Greek Herbs
  • pinch of salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Heat a grill pan over medium high heat. Brush chicken breasts lightly with olive oil and rub both sides with a light coating of the Mint & Lemon Rub, Minced Garlic, and Oregano. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Grill the chicken for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until you get nice grill marks. Transfer the chicken to a baking sheet and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and registers at least 165F in the center. Set aside.
  4. Put the lettuce in a large salad bowl.
  5. Put the onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, and cheese in a separate bowl. Toss with enough of the dressing to moisten. Add this mixture to the salad bowl with the lettuce. Add the grilled chicken and drizzle with more dressing just before serving.
http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/grilled-chicken-greek-salad-recipe/

Notes:

  • When you use dried spices, crush them between your fingers to revive the essential oils as you add them to your recipes.
  • You might try grilled shrimp in place of the chicken in this Greek salad.

 

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Grilled Greek Chicken Salad ~ if you love a great main course salad in the warmer months like I do then this vibrant Mediterranean bowl will win you over for sure. I've married a classic Greek salad with tender grilled chicken breasts for a light yet totally satisfying meal. | main course salad | chicken | Greek food | mediterranean diet | whole 30 | Paleo | healthy |

39 Comments

  • Reply
    Agness of Run Agness Run
    May 14, 2017 at 5:07 am

    This salad is so rich and nutrient-dense, Sue! Preparing and consuming healthy food is so easy with your recipes!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 14, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Thanks Agness, I love that comment :)))

  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    May 8, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    We’re having a bit of a heat wave this week, and your gorgeous salad is exactly the kind of dinner I’m craving!

  • Reply
    Nick Stamoulis
    May 5, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I love salads all year long but they certainly taste that much better when the veggies are in season. Regular grilled chicken can sometimes be bland but I like the idea of using the rubs and spices. I’ll have to try this combo!

  • Reply
    Deborah @ The Harvest Kitchen
    May 2, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Really gorgeous salad! I could eat this all summer long!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 2, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      Me too Deborah ~ thanks for stopping by!!

  • Reply
    Platter Talk
    May 1, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    That is one beautiful salad that you have there. I love the combo of bright and sunny flavors with all those beautiful veggies and then the grilled chicken. Perfect for this time of year.

  • Reply
    Rae
    May 1, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    I need this salad in my life, especially during this current heat wave. I bet it would be a fantastic lunch, too!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 1, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      Not sure if your heat wave is my heat wave, but I agree, it stinks! Thanks for visiting Rae :)

  • Reply
    Megan
    May 1, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    I’m so intrigued by this spice box! This Greek salad looks amazing and I am a sucker for the ones you get at that coffee place with the “you pick 2.” Can’t wait to make this at home.

  • Reply
    Brandi Crawford
    May 1, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    That chicken looks amazing! This salad is perfect for spring.

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 1, 2017 at 6:14 pm

      I’m not a huge fan of plain chicken breasts, Brandi, but the spice rub really made a difference, these have so much flavor.

  • Reply
    Janette@CulinaryGinger.com
    May 1, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I love a Greek salad. The colors are so pretty and vibrant, just lovely.

  • Reply
    Monique
    May 1, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Imagine my total surprise to see they are based out of here!?

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 1, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      Yes! Thank goodness for NAFTA :)

  • Reply
    Monique
    May 1, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Forgot to say I am smitten w/ the test tube spices..?Totally,and have never in my life seen mint powder..etc
    Totally toyable for us these test tubes.

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 1, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      The tubes are really lovely and very tactile ~ and I’m glad you mentioned the mint, I’d never seen that either and I love it!

  • Reply
    Monique
    May 1, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I’m gonna make this:)

  • Reply
    Ritu Ahuja
    May 1, 2017 at 9:03 am

    This grilled chicken greek salad looks delicious. A perfect healthy salad. Yum Yum.

  • Reply
    cheri
    May 1, 2017 at 8:14 am

    What a great little spice kit, also this salad is perfection. Lots of crunch and color, my kind of salad.

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 1, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Isn’t the kit cute, Cheri? The glass tubes are really nice.

  • Reply
    Denisse | Le Petit Eats
    May 1, 2017 at 8:12 am

    This salad looks so healthy and refreshing, and I love the idea of a curated spice box!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 1, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Yes, and the curated part comes in really handy when the cuisine is more exotic and unfamiliar.

  • Reply
    Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food
    May 1, 2017 at 8:09 am

    The grill pan + marinated chicken breast hack is one of my FAVORITES. Between the brightness of the lemon and the great mix of spices, this salad sounds delicious! It’s a treat for the eyes too! :-)

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 1, 2017 at 8:25 am

      You know, I kind of just discovered it through this post, and I was blown away by how tender the chicken was ~ no more wooden breasts! ( that sounds gross, sorry)

  • Reply
    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    May 1, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Greek salads are a constant in my house — first I love all the bright flavors, but also, since the mercury hovers at 88° for at least 6 months of the year, we need those refreshing salads to cool down! LOL!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 1, 2017 at 7:47 am

      So true ~ and with this salad I love to serve the chicken still warm on the cool crisp salad ~ it’s fabulous!

  • Reply
    Julia
    May 1, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Oh, I love subscription boxes. I tried another Spice subscription but haven’t heard of Vital. I’m definitely going to check it out. And your salad looks scrumptious!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 1, 2017 at 7:33 am

      I so agree, I think food subscriptions are such fun, I’d sign up for them all if I could :) Thanks for stopping by Julia.

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    Fiona
    May 1, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I think playing with spice combinations is one of my favorite parts of cooking and these spice exploration boxes seem like the perfect way to dabble in new ones. You may have tempted me to get involved since this greek chicken salad looks delicious but not like a spice combo I would’ve thought of myself!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 1, 2017 at 7:43 am

      I love spices too, but we do get set in our ways…I usually pick mine up at the supermarket and they are pretty limited and the selection is static. I love to branch out but don’t always know where to find new ideas. For instance the mint in my Greek collection is powdered…I’ve never used mint that way ~ so cool!

  • Reply
    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    May 1, 2017 at 6:04 am

    I had some roasted chicken salad today, delicious, but pretty boring. Yours looks so exciting with all the colours, and flavours, Sue.

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 1, 2017 at 7:09 am

      I love Greek salad, Angie, and I love that it can be a full meal this way :) Have a great week!

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    May 1, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I’m with Jennifer- this salad looks completely satisfying with tons of flavor. The colors are so vibrant too – who could resist? I want one for breakfast!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 1, 2017 at 7:14 am

      I’m obsessed with main course salads this year ;)

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    May 1, 2017 at 4:58 am

    This is pretty much my dream dinner right here! Love Greek salad and those wonderful spices on the chicken are just perfect :)

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 1, 2017 at 7:21 am

      Really the only time I like salad for dinner is in the warmer weather, which is right now in Los Angeles, we’re going back up to the 90s this week :/

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    May 1, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Wow, what a wonderful idea to have all these herbs perfectly combined and organized. I love it – as much as I love this vibrant, beautiful salad!

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 1, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Thanks Chris, and I agree, the idea of having them in little groupings is so smart ~ I think it encourages me to cook outside my comfort zone, too…now I just need a custom spice cabinet to keep them all organized!

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