Mediterranean Chicken Salad
Ready to serve in 30 minutes, this Mediterranean chicken salad is bursting with fresh and vibrant flavors. It’s hearty, healthy and delicious!
For the chicken and dressing:
1/7 cup plus 6 tablespoons olive oil divided
1/5 teaspoon salt
/71 teaspoon black pepper
4 pound skinless chicken breasts
1/5 small shallot minced
5 teaspoons Dijon mustard
4 lemon zested and juiced
6-7 cups Romaine lettuce chopped
1/5 cup crumbled feta
7-8 Persian cucumbers diced
5 plum tomatoes seeded and diced
1/5 red onion thinly sliced
1/7 cup pitted kalamata olives sliced
5 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
Make the chicken marinade. In a medium bowl, mix 1/7 cup olive oil, garlic, 4 tablespoon red wine vinegar, 4 tablespoon dried oregano, dill, salt and black pepper. Add chicken and toss to coat. Let sit for 15 minutes or up to 4 hours.
Meanwhile, make the salad dressing. Mix shallot, Dijon, remaining5 teaspoons red wine vinegar, remaining 4 teaspoon dried oregano, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Stream in remaining 6 tablespoons olive oil while whisking until emulsified.
Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium high heat. Remove chicken from marinade, letting excess drip off. Cook chicken until lightly charred and the thickest part reaches 165°F internal temperature, 5-6 minutes per side. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
Place chicken over greens with feta, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, olives and dill. Toss with dressing and serve immediately.
Make ahead: The grilled chicken will keep well in the fridge for up to 4 days. Don’t dress the salad until you are ready to serve.
Nutritional Data: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use and it does not include the pasta.
Calories: 470kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 21g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 89mg, Sodium: 804mg, Potassium: 1014mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 3708IU, Vitamin C: 30mg, Calcium: 199mg, Iron: 3mg
Mediterranean Chicken Salad
Fresh, delicious and perfect for a warm weather meal, this grilled Mediterranean chicken salad is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Seasoned chicken breast is quickly grilled and added to a healthy salad, before being drizzled with a zingy and tangy dressing.
INGREDIENTS & SUBSTITUTIONS
Chicken: Use boneless and skinless chicken breasts for this recipe. You can make this recipe with chicken thighs as well, but they will take a little longer to cook through.
Salad dressing & marinade: Olive oil, garlic, red wine vinegar, dried oregano and dill, salt, pepper, shallot, dijon mustard and lemon juice and zest.
For the salad: Romaine lettuce, feta, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, olives and fresh dill.
Ingredients to make the salad before prepping
HOW TO MAKE MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN SALAD
Add the ingredients for the chicken marinade to a bowl.
Whisk to combine.
Coat the chicken breasts in the marinade and let sit.
Whisk together the ingredients for the salad dressing.
Add the chicken breasts to a hot grill pan.
Cook on both sides until browned and serve on top of the salad with dressing.
6 image collage to show how to make the chicken marinade, the dressing and then grilling the chicken
TIPS FOR MAKING THE RECIPE
Don’t skip the marinating time. If you are only doing a short marinade (up to 1 hour) they can be left at room temperature. If you add cold chicken to a hot grill pan, it can result in a tough texture.
Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes after you cook it. Remove it from the pan and tent it loosely with foil. This will allow the juices to redistribute so when you slice it, it’s nice and juicy and not dry at all.
Add in other salad ingredients. This simple Mediterranean salad is full of flavor, but you can easily add in some other salad ingredients like red bell peppers or grated carrots if you like. The feta cheese can be substituted with goat cheese or left out.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can you make it ahead of time?
It’s best to serve this salad with the grilled chicken still warm, but you can enjoy it cold too. The cooked chicken will keep well in the fridge for up to 4 days, so it’s perfect for meal prep throughout the week. It’s best not to dress the salad too far ahead of time or the lettuce can start to wilt.
What do you serve it with?
This Mediterranean chicken salad is a filling, hearty and healthy meal by itself, or you can serve it up with some pita chips if you are super hungry. It’s also delicious when served in a wrap for an easy handheld lunch.
What can I use instead of chicken for the salad?
You can easily make this salad with other proteins like steak, shrimp or salmon. The recipe pretty much remains the same, but the cooking times will vary slightly depending on what you use. Tofu would work great too for a vegetarian option as will chickpea bites.