Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Greek Chicken Salad

I'm a big fan of chicken salad.  And I'm usually pretty particular about it.  I like it light on the mayo, with some sort of fruit and nuts mixed in,  preferably served on a croissant.  So you'd think this Greek chicken salad would hold no appeal to me, but you'd be totally wrong.  One way to get me to branch out is to incorporate feta and tzatziki sauce.  Works every time.  Though I'm just now getting around to sharing it with you, I've made this chicken salad countless times.  We'll eat it for dinner one night, then I can eat the leftovers for lunches all week.  It's full of so many of my favorite things - the aforementioned feta cheese and tzatziki sauce, kalamata olives.. and it's served with pita bread.  It doesn't get much better.  Sometimes I eat it stuffed into a pita pocket, as shown, and sometimes I like to toast pita bread and dip it into the chicken salad.  Both are pretty awesome.

What's more, since this uses yogurt tzatziki sauce as the base instead of mayonnaise, Caroline can eat it without worrying about her egg allergy.  It's healthy, it's fast and easy to whip up, and the leftovers make great lunches.  And again:  it has feta and tzatziki sauce.  I'm not sure what else you could ask for?

Greek Chicken Salad
barely adapted from Annie's Eats

Because so many of the components have a lot of water, if you are eating this as leftovers, just pour off whatever liquid has accumulated at the top of the salad.

  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber (that has been peeled and seeded)
  • 3/4 cup chopped tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup pitted and chopped Kalamata olives (optional)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups tzatziki sauce
  • 2 Tbs chopped fresh parsley
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • pita, for serving
Combine all the ingredients through parsley in a medium bowl and stir to combine.  Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.  Serve with pita bread.


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Thanks for sharing this. I really liked the seo form

donna said...

Love this recipe Josie!

Nicole, RD said...

What a clever spin on chicken salad..I can't wait to try this!

Eileen said...

This does sound like an amazing combination! I love the idea of adding super-strong flavors like olives and feta to chicken salad.

Laura said...

Tzatziki? In chicken salad? I love, love, love it! Can't wait to try this one, Josie.

Jessica said...

I'm not a huge fan of olives, but I love everything else about this salad!! Especially the photo!

Joanne said...

I'm the same way with feta! I'll eat just about anything that features it. This sounds great!

Julie said...

This looks delicious! xo, Julie

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john said...

Whenever I go to a restaurant, I usually prefer to have these Greek dishes and this chicken salad is one of my favourites. I am sure that I can prepare making all those as the ingredients mentioned by you and I hope that you will come up with more of such dishes in future.

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Sim Arora said...

I made this right now and it turned out delicious! I didn't have white wine vinegar for the tzatziki sauce, therefore I used distilled white vinegar - it still turned out great. Also don't live olives and left out the feta cheese for one person who doesn't eat cheese (with and without both taste great). The only significant change I recommend is using slightly less tzatziki sauce, but other than that - thank you very much for this delicious recipe.

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