On a hot summer day, this Greek Chicken Salad is EXACTLY what I want! It makes a perfect entree salad for lunch or dinner. Toss my Traditional Greek Salad over some lettuce and top with some grilled Greek Chicken.
I dream of visiting Greece one day, but for now, I'll sit here and continue to explore the culture through food in my kitchen. I LOVE to make Greek Recipes, they are super refreshing, and great any time of year, but they hit especially well in summer!
This post was first published July 15, 2019, & was last updated June 11, 2021.
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Traditional Greek Salad
A great Greek Salad starts with the sauce. The dressing is where all the flavor comes from. It also has a process, and layering in the vegetables has a real purpose.
The dressing consists of lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper. I also add in some Greek seasoning, just to deepen the flavor. This is my favorite Greek seasoning.
The process is also important. I start by adding my red onion to the bottom of the bowl with my dressing ingredients. This takes the rawness off of them and gives them a slight pickle while I cut the rest of my ingredients. More on that at the link to the recipe below.
You want to season your chicken similarly to the way you season the Greek salad. Salt, Pepper, Oregano, Greek Seasoning, Olive Oil, and Lemon Juice. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes, or overnight for more authentic chicken souvlaki.
Take care that you need to cook the chicken after 30 minutes or let it sit overnight or it will become gummy. This is kind of a hard and fast rule. It is ok to marinate in lemon for a long time or a short time, not a medium time, haha!
It uses my Perfect Grilled Chicken method. Read more on that in the post dedicated to that HERE!
Bring it all together to make Greek Chicken Salad
I mash up a couple of my very favorite Greek recipes here to produce this perfect entree salad. I love a good salad that can become a meal, especially this one!
Traditional Greek Salad is not served with or on a bed of lettuce. I like to add some romaine lettuce to give this a bit of extra crunch. It also bulks everything up and makes this a nice salad that can be a meal, especially topped with chicken.
A dressing forms naturally as you marinate the veggies. I like to be sure to get a nice big scoop of veggies from the bottom with all the juices too. It's everything you need!
To dress it with an extra creamy touch, thin my Garlic Tzatziki with a couple of tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar and a squeeze of lemon juice.