Grilled Chicken Greek Salad ~ if you love a great main course salad then try this healthy 30 minute meal made with lean grilled chicken breast! It’s a light, low carb, but totally satisfying dinner idea.
grilled chicken Greek salad is a light and healthy summer meal
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. 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 a traditional Greek herb mix.
tips for grilling juicy chicken breasts
- 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 cooler part of the grill, or into 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.
- Buy thin sliced chicken breasts (chicken cutlets) 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 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.
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.
where to find specialty spices
Large grocery and gourmet stores carry many herbs, but for more specialized herbs, spices, and blends, it helps to shop online. Sites like Penzy’s, The Spice House, and others have wide selections and are great sources for unusual varieties.
My Greek inspired spices include:
When you use dried spices, crush them between your fingers to revive the essential oils as you add them to your recipes.
- mint & lemon rub
- Greek herb blend with mint, oregano, marjoram, and thyme
- minced garlic
- mint powder
With the right spices in your pantry you can recreate all sorts of Mediterranean recipes. Greek inspired dishes have become some of my favorites, like Greek Meatballs in Lemon Sauce, and Greek Style Stuffed Artichokes.
Reader Rave ~
“This salad is so rich and nutrient-dense, Sue! Preparing and consuming healthy food is so easy with your recipes!” ~ Agness
Grilled Greek Chicken Salad
- 2 thin skinless boneless chicken breasts
- mint & lemon rub
- dried oregano
- dried minced garlic
- salt and fresh cracked black pepper
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- juice of 1 1/2 to 2 lemons, add more or less to taste
- 1/2 tsp Greek herb blend
- pinch of salt and pepper to taste
- Set oven to 350F
- 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.
- 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 165F in the center. Set aside.
- Put the lettuce in a large salad bowl.
- 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.
- Whisk everything together and taste to adjust any of the ingredients.