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Greek Grilled Chicken Salad

by Aggies Kitchen on July 12, 2010

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For some reason I find myself constantly ordering Greek salads when I go out to eat.  I think it started during our Friday night family outings to the local pizza place for a “night out” right after my little girl was born (this tradition, though less frequent, still exists by the way…same place, same night, same waitress, same food ordered…it’s “comfort”).  The family would order a nice greasy pepperoni pizza while I tried to be “good” and order a Greek salad with grilled chicken, dressing on the side.   My salad came out  as my meal and I just tried to ignore the ooey gooey cheesy pizza on the table.  I did treat myself with my son’s pizza crust each time as a reward though.  And not that I didn’t enjoy every minute of eating my yummy salad full of almost-every-single-thing-that-I-love-in-the-world-foodwise (garlic, tomatoes, peppers, onions, olives, feta cheese…)…I mean really, what’s not to love about Greek salad?

I made this dinner the other night for a sweet friend of mine who gave birth to a precious baby boy a little over a week ago.  I wanted to bring her a nice dinner salad, one that could be easily eaten at any time and one that filled you up.  Greek salad with grilled chicken immediately came to my mind…and now after writing this I am almost wondering if there was a subconscious connection to the whole “new baby thing” … hmmm.

Whatever the reason, I made one for my friend and I made one for us.  I started by making a good size batch of my homemade version of Greek dressing.  I marinated some of the chicken breast in that same dressing before cooking on the grill.  Lots of therapeutic chopping later…dinner.

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(don’t forget to shake shake shake…)

Greek Salad Dressing for Greek Grilled Chicken Salad | AggiesKitchen.com  #healthy #salad #chicken

Greek Grilled Chicken Salad

A favorite in our house! I like to serve this salad as a meal for family and friends once grilling weather kicks in. Pair it up with garlic bread or foccacia.

Ingredients

  • For the dressing:
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves pressed or minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • big pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper
  • For the salad, any, some, or all of the following:
  • chopped romaine lettuce
  • chopped green and red peppers
  • chopped cucumbers
  • chopped tomatoes
  • sliced red onion
  • feta cheese, cubed or crumbled
  • peperoncini
  • kalamata olives
  • cooked and sliced grilled chicken (or shrimp), marinated in Greek Salad Dressing

Instructions

  1. For the dressing:
  2. Combine lemon juice, vinegar, oregano, thyme and salt and pepper in bowl. Using a whisk, slowly stream in olive oil and whisk into vinegar mixture. You will see it thicken up a bit (emulsifying) while combining. Store in a jar with a tight lid in the refrigerator after using. Always give the dressing jar a couple of shakes before serving. In my opinion, best at room temperature, so take it out a few minutes before using.
  3. For the salad:
  4. Make it look as pretty or messy as you want to be. Layer it nicely on a plate for presentation or toss it all in a bowl and mix it up if that's what you are in the mood for.
http://aggieskitchen.com/2010/07/12/greek-grilled-chicken-salad/

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PS…I’m also over at Reluctant Entertainer today featuring my super easy and fun Grilled Banana Boats! Go check it out!

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Erica July 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm

ah! I had a greek salad tonight- one of my favorite dinners. I had it with a piece of homemade focaccia and some melon. Amazing. Seriously- maybe best dinner ever? Yours looks incredible and how sweet of you to make it for your friend. I’ve been missing ur posts

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Bob July 12, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Sounds wicked good, the dressing looks like a souvlaki marinade I made once. Heh.

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Fallon July 12, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Nice dressing! I love a good Greek salad.

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bellini valli July 13, 2010 at 5:47 am

It sounds incredibly delicious Aggie!!!

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claudia July 13, 2010 at 7:11 am

love the freshness in this dressing one of my fav’s always load up on the feta and olives this dressing will be awesome over this salad!

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HoneyB July 13, 2010 at 8:11 am

Looks delicious Aggie! We have been eating salads for dinner for the last few weeks now – I will have to try this dressing out too!

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Amanda July 13, 2010 at 8:18 am

OMG that looks awesome! Gotta bookmark this one!

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Jamie July 13, 2010 at 8:45 am

I love Greek salads and I love having them with pizza. But there is no way I could pass up the ooey, gooey pepperoni pizza. You have will power of steel. But back to the salad….looks awesome and I’m going to give the dressing a try. I’m sure your friend really appreciated this dinner.

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fittingbackin July 13, 2010 at 9:31 am

YUM YUM YUM – this looks excellent!

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Cara July 13, 2010 at 9:35 am

I don’t blame you – I could never get sick of eating Greek salad! And I can firmly attest to that after eating it almost every day in Greece :)

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Maria July 13, 2010 at 10:00 am

Love the dressing, gorgeous salad too!

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momgateway July 13, 2010 at 10:24 am

That dressing is awesome—oregano, thyme and lemon juice is a great combination…very light and healthy salad!

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marla {family fresh cooking} July 13, 2010 at 6:52 pm

You are so sweet to bring this to your friend. Greek salad with chicken is my go-to healthy, flavor filled meal. Looks beautiful :) xo

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Liz - Meal Makeover Mom July 14, 2010 at 6:54 am

So fresh for summer. And I love your photos!

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie July 14, 2010 at 7:24 am

I’ve seriously lacked in homemade dressing creativity lately. I just put the same few ingredients together and call it done. I’m inspired now! Thank you!

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Lana @ Never Enough Thyme July 14, 2010 at 10:28 am

That is one seriously fabulous looking salad. And the dressing…yum!

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Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen July 14, 2010 at 12:26 pm

This is a delicious looking salad and such a sweet gesture for your friend!

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Kristen July 15, 2010 at 9:52 am

That is one delicious salad – oh my gosh! Yum!

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patsy July 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I’m going to have to try that dressing! Love that it can be used as a marinade for chicken… those are some of my favorite flavors!

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Katie @ goodLife {eats} July 15, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I need to make this! I have tons of feta right now. Looks so yummy!

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Kathie July 15, 2010 at 9:04 pm

I made your recipe tonight for my family and we all absolutely loved it!!! All the flavors were amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!

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Kerstin July 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm

I’m addicted to Greek salads too – I think it’s because feta makes everything better! Yours looks perfect!

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dawn hutchins July 28, 2010 at 9:18 am

Oh my gosh I LOOOVE Greek salads and Greek dressing. Bottled is just not the same.

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Vanderbilt Wife August 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Yum-mo!! Thanks for the dressing recipe. I don’t like raw onion or olives, but I LOVE all the other pieces of Greek salad, especially a newfound love for the banana peppers. I think I might be drooling a little. :)

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Tammy August 29, 2010 at 1:50 am

This salad sounds super super good… and I think I have everything to make it this week! :)

Tammy

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Ryan December 2, 2010 at 7:46 am

dont joke about being addicted to salad
ive been physically and mentally addicted to chicken marinade salad for about a week now and its torn my life apart. My friendships, relationships and personal life are all ruined because of my addiction. If anyone else has this problem know that there are people out there like you.

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marcy January 25, 2011 at 7:05 pm

My husband and I constantly get into an argument over greek salads. I’m from Michigan and greek salads always come with BEETS! But, now that I’m living in KY, if I ever see greek salad on a menu its lacking beets.. I wonder if this is a regional thing?? I see you don’t have beets!

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Denise @ Creative Kitchen June 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Aggie…what seasonings do you use on your grilled chicken? This looks amazing! I have a greek salad on my site, but I use Tzatziki sauce as the dressing. I can’t wait to try this dressing!!

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Aggies Kitchen June 22, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Hey Denise! I actually marinated this chicken in the Greek dressing itself, but here is another grilled chicken that would be perfect for a Greek salad:
http://aggieskitchen.com/2009/07/12/italian-herb-grilled-chicken/

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Brittany @ The Upside Life February 2, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Hi there! I just wanted to let you know I made this dressing recipe tonight for a Mediterranean dinner party and it was delicious! Thank you so much for sharing!

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Aggies Kitchen February 3, 2013 at 10:05 am

Wonderful!! Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know, so glad you enjoyed it!

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Johanna March 13, 2013 at 3:49 am

Hello from Finland! Your blog is amazing. I was wondering how long the dressing stays usable if stored in the fridge?

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Aggies Kitchen March 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Hi there Johanna! So glad you are here and thank you! :)
I think homemade vinaigrettes like this usually are best used within 3 or 4 days. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

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Kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts August 2, 2013 at 10:15 am

Aggie,
I like a good Greek salad, and I’ve been enjoying the flavors at home with cucumbers and tomatoes from the farm share. I like to add marinated artichoke hearts to mine, primarily because I love them and buy them by the vat at Costco so they are always handy.
Great photos of the dressing pre and post shake shake shake.
Thanks!

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