November 28, 2022

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Greek Salad – Spoon Fork Bacon


We have a fresh and delicious Greek Salad recipe that always seems to hit the spot. There’s so much delicious freshness, plenty of crunch and tons on flavor! Not only is our salad so easy to whip up, but it can be made all year long and makes both a fantastic side dish AND main course!

Greek salad recipe in a wooden bowl.

I’ve always loved a traditional Greek Salad. It always taste fresh and I just love the large chunks of juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, briny olives, and so much more! Although Greek salad recipes traditionally don’t include greens, we threw some chopped romaine into the mix to maintain the crunchy bite, but to bulk it up. Our easy Greek salad is effortless, making it a great weeknight meal. It can also be served as a side dish or entrée, especially with a side of crusty bread.

We use our red wine vinaigrette, made with red wine vinegar, garlic, shallots, fresh oregano (but dried oregano works too), dijon mustard, honey, and extra-virgin olive oil, which really hits the spot. We use it as both a marinade for our chicken as well as the vinaigrette for the salad itself for a flavor packed dish we know you will love!

How to Make Our Easy Greek Salad Recipe

Process

Greek salad ingredients on a kitchen table.

Marinated Chicken

  1. Place chicken pieces into a shallow baking dish and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour 1/2 vinaigrette over chicken, moving chicken pieces around to evenly coat. Marinate chicken in the refrigerator for at least 4 hour and up to 2 days.
  1. Remove chicken from marinade. Place a large pan over medium heat and add oil. Sear chicken on each side for 4 to 5 minutes or until chicken breasts have just cooked through.
  2. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and allow them to rest, about 5 minutes.Once chicken has rested, slice into thin strips

Salad Assembly

  1. Combine romaine in a large bowl and toss together with 1/2 remaining vinaigrette.
  2. Top salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, pickled red onions, and feta. Gently toss together.
  1. Top salad with sliced chicken and drizzle with remaining vinaigrette. Serve.
A greek salad in a wooden bowl.

Why This is the BEST Greek Salad Recipe

  • Although it’s not traditional, we add some romaine lettuce into the mix to maximize the crunch and to help hold some of the vinaigrette.
  • We add our homemade pickled red onions into the salad, instead of raw sliced red onion. We love the salty, briny flavor it adds to the salad in addition to the olives and feta!
  • We add some protein (chicken) to the salad, making it extra hearty and perfect to be enjoyed as an entrée!
  • We use our red wine vinaigrette for our Greek salad dressing because it pairs so well with the vegetables in the salad and it makes a killer marinade for chicken.
Greek salad in a bowl for dinner.

Prep Ahead Instructions

Vinaigrette

The vinaigrette can be made up to 10 days in advance. Store it in an airtight container or jar, in the refrigerator until ready to use. When ready to use, set vinaigrette out at room temperature before using.

Chicken

The chicken can be marinated for up to 2 days in advance. I don’t recommend marinating the chicken any longer, as the acids in the vinaigrette can start breaking the chicken down, giving it an unpleasant texture.

The chicken can also be cooked up to 2 days in advance. Once chicken is cooked cool completely before transferring to an airtight container and refrigerating. I recommend not slicing the chicken until you’re ready to use. This will help prevent the chicken from drying out.

Salad Assembly

The remaining salad ingredients can be chopped, sliced, crumbled, then stored separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator, up to 3 days in advance.

The entire salad can be assembled up to a day in advance, undressed. Once salad is assembled, tightly wrap in plastic wrap. When ready to serve, drizzle dressing over salad, toss together and serve.

Greek salad recipe in a bowl.

Greek Salad Serving Suggestions

Although our Greek salad is delicious and hearty enough on its own, it can also be served in smaller portions as a side salad. Some of our favorite things to serve along with our Greek salad recipe are:

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Greek salad recipe in a bowl with red wine vinaigrette being poured over it.
Greek salad in a wooden bowl.

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We have a fresh and delicious Greek Salad recipe that always seems to hit the spot. There’s so much delicious freshness, plenty of crunch and tons on flavor! Not only is our salad so easy to whip up, but it can be made all year long and makes both a fantastic side dish AND main course!

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Marinating Time: 4 hrs

Total Time: 4 hrs 20 mins

Servings: 2

  INSTRUCTIONS  

grilled chicken

  • Place chicken pieces into a shallow baking dish and season with salt and pepper.

  • Pour 1/2 vinaigrette over chicken, moving chicken pieces around to evenly coat. Marinate chicken in the refrigerator for at least 4 hour and up to 2 days.

  • Remove chicken from marinade.

  • Place a large pan over medium heat and add oil. Sear chicken on each side for 4 to 5 minutes or until chicken breasts have just cooked through.

  • Transfer chicken to a cutting board and allow them to rest, about 5 minutes.

  • Once chicken has rested, slice into thin strips

salad assembly

  • Combine romaine in a large salad bowl and toss together with 1/2 remaining vinaigrette.

  • Top salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, pickled red onions, and feta. Gently toss together.

  • Top salad with sliced chicken and drizzle with remaining vinaigrette. Serve.

  NOTES  

Prep Ahead Instructions Vinaigrette The vinaigrette can be made up to 10 days in advance. Store it in an airtight container or jar, in the refrigerator until ready to use. When ready to use, set vinaigrette out at room temperature before using. Chicken The chicken can be marinated for up to 2 days in advance. I don’t recommend marinating the chicken any longer, as the acids in the vinaigrette can start breaking the chicken down, giving it an unpleasant texture. The chicken can also be cooked up to 2 days in advance. Once chicken is cooked cool completely before transferring to an airtight container and refrigerating. I recommend not slicing the chicken until you’re ready to use. This will help prevent the chicken from drying out.

Calories: 504kcal Carbohydrates: 13g Protein: 19g Fat: 42g Saturated Fat: 9g Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Monounsaturated Fat: 27g Trans Fat: 0.01g Cholesterol: 61mg Sodium: 868mg Potassium: 612mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 8g Vitamin A: 4906IU Vitamin C: 14mg Calcium: 198mg Iron: 2mg

CUISINE: greek

KEYWORD: salad with chicken

COURSE: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish

DIET : Gluten Free