Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad - Jo Cooks

This Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad is the perfect summer chicken salad full of Mediterranean flavors! Marinated Greek chicken with an extremely delicious salad!

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Now I know people say that you can’t make friends with salad, but those people don’t have friends like me – who know how to make a stellar salad. Ones packed with flavor, texture, crunch, protein, and the perfect amount of dressing. If you’re a fan of those fresh, savory, herbaceous Mediterranean flavors, then get ready to meet your new favorite meal.

Did I mention how quick and easy this salad is? Because that might be the best part! Super quick, nice and easy, before you know it you’ll have a nutritious and delicious dinner on your hands.

I like to stack my Mediterranean salad with lots of fresh veggies like tomatoes and cucumbers, perfectly ripe avocados and crisp romaine. Next we’re going to crumble up as much feta as our heart desires and grill up some beautiful chicken breast while we still have those lingering summer nights. Top it all off with a light homemade vinaigrette and you’ve got something special in the works!

Ingredients

Marinade

  • Liquids – Just good quality olive oil and fresh lemon juice today.
  • Seasoning – Salt and pepper.
  • Herbs –Dried oregano and dried basil. Also definitely include some freshly chopped green onion.

Dressing

  • Liquids – Just good quality olive oil and fresh lemon juice today.
  • Seasoning – Salt and pepper.
  • Herbs –Dried oregano and dried basil.

Salad

  • Chicken – Breast boneless and skinless.
  • Veggies – Romaine lettuce, avocado, English cucumber, chopped cocktail tomatoes, and diced bell pepper.
  • Olives – Good old Kalamata olives, feel free to omit this ingredient if you’re not an olive fan.
  • Feta – Crumbled up nicely to add some salt, tang, and creaminess to our salad.

What Else Can I Use In This Mediterranean Salad?

The great thing about this salad is that you can customize it with your favorite ingredients.

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Grilled zucchini
  • Arugula
  • Falafel
  • Parsley

How To Make Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad

  1. Marinate the chicken: In a shallow plate whisk together all the marinade ingredients. Add the chicken breasts and toss them around making sure they are fully covered in the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to up to 4 hours.
  2. Prep the grill: Heat up your grill so that it’s around 400 F degrees.
  3. Create the salad: In the mean time whisk all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside. In a larger bowl toss the lettuce, cucumber, red onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, and olives together.
  4. Cook the chicken: Grill the chicken on both sides, about 5 minutes per side or until no longer pink and is cooked through. Discard remaining marinate. Let the chicken cool for about 5 minutes before slicing it into 1/2 inch slices.
  5. Finish the salad: Drizzle the prepared dressing over the salad and toss well. Add the crumbled feta to the salad and mix. Serve with the sliced chicken breast over the salad and avocado slices. Other optional sides include hummus and pita chips.

Can I Make My Chicken In The Oven?

No grill? No worries! Just follow the directions for my baked chicken breast recipe to make this just as easily in the oven.

Marinating Is Crucial

The longer you let the chicken marinate for, the better it gets! It will become so intensely flavorful if given some extra time so feel free to prep the chicken the night before.

Some tips

  • If you make this salad ahead, leave the dressing off until you’re ready to serve.
  • Under-salt the dressing. The crumbled feta will make up for it!
  • Salads are a great way to sneak in lots of healthy ingredients, like hemp hearts or ground chia if you’re trying to bulk up the benefits of your lunch.

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