Monday, July 18, 2016

Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken & Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette

I love a good Greek Salad, and this one is a keeper! I also love leftovers, so I have been grilling enough chicken breast to get 2-3 meals out of it - usually two dinners and one lunch. If you chop up the cucumbers and onions all at once, there's no prep for the remaining meals except tossing everything in a bowl! And as simple as this balsamic dressing is, it is my favorite dressing I have made to date. This is one to add to the weekday rotation!

Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken & Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Makes 1 serving

Greek Salad with Grilled Chicken


2-3 oz organic chicken breast
garlic powder, for seasoning
salt, for seasoning
black pepper, for seasoning
3 cups organic romaine lettuce
1 Tbsp sliced black olives
1/3 cup grape tomatoes
1/3 cup cucumber, chopped
1/4 cup red onion, sliced
1 Tbsp feta cheese, crumbled


1. Cut chicken breast into strips. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. 

2. Heat grill pan over medium high heat (or use outdoor grill). Grill chicken until thoroughly cooked through. Set aside.

3. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl and top with chicken. Drizzle with simple balsamic vinaigrette, or other favorite dressing.

Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette


2 tsp olive oil
4 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1 pinch black pepper
1 pinch salt (optional)


1. Place all ingredients in a small jar/container. Mix vigorously and serve.

What are the nutritional benefits of this salad?
Chicken is an excellent source of protein and is rich in B vitamins. Romaine lettuce is an excellent source of vitamins, A,  K and folate, as well as the mineral molybdenum, and is a very good source of fiber, minerals manganese, potassium, copper, and iron, as well as vitamins biotin, B1 (thiamin) and C. Cucumbers are an excellent source of vitamin K. Tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene and vitamin C. Red onions are rich in quercetin, a type of antioxidant, as well as vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C, K, folate, thiamin, and minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium and manganese.

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