Easy Greek Chicken Salad Pitas

This Greek Chicken Salad features fresh Mediterranean ingredients like Greek marinated chicken, Greek seasoning, lemon, Greek yogurt, basil, dill, parsley and more.  It is the perfect combination of all things Greek.

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I really love chicken salad….but I don’t need or want all the calories that go along with it.

When we were in Greece we tried their version of chicken salad and fell in love.  I could have eaten it every day we were there because it was just that good.  It was so light and fresh – which is how most of their food is.   We knew when we left that this was one recipe that we really needed to figure out how to make and incorporate into our life.

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Well, we did and it’s absolutely delish.  Not only do I like the taste better than the classic American chicken salad but it is so much healthier—-SCORE.  Trust me when I tell you that you are not giving in on taste to gain healthiness.  You get both in this recipe.  Love when that happens 🙂

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The key to this recipe is to make sure that the vegetables are as dry as possible so that the Greek yogurt dressing mixture does not get diluted after it has sat for awhile.  That isn’t as much of an issue if you are eating it as soon as you make it.  But, if you want to make it ahead of time be careful to get your veggies dry.  Another idea would be to keep the yogurt mixture separate until you want to serve it.  That’s probably the best thing if you want to make it ahead of time.  That would also allow for the Greek dressing to really get seasoned.

Easy Greek Chicken Salad Pitas

This Greek Chicken Salad features fresh Mediterranean ingredients like Greek marinated chicken, Greek seasoning, lemon, Greek yogurt, basil, dill, parsley and more.  It is the perfect combination of all things Greek.

Ingredients:

Chicken Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh dill
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Tzatziki Sauce:

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil

Salad:

  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes cut in quarters, or more if you prefer
  • 1 cucumber, skinned, deseeded and shredded (use the larger side of a cheese grater)
  • 1 green onion bunch (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbles

Directions:

To make the marinade:

  • Whisk together all marinade ingredients in a small bowl and pour over chicken breast and let marinade for 2 or more hours. The longer the better.

To make the dressing:

  • Make dressing in a small bowl combining all of the dressing ingredients and mix thoroughly. Transfer to the bottom of a large bowl.

To make the salad:

  • Grill Chicken and cut into small bite size cubes and transfer to large bowl with the dressing.
  • Make sure to blot the cucumber dry as much as possible. You do not want the cucumber juicy as it will water down the salad.
  • Transfer the cucumbers, tomatoes and green onions to the bowl with the chicken and sauce. Fold mixture together until yogurt is evenly distributed. Fold in feta.
  • Serve immediately with pita bread, crackers, or over greens.