Greek Chicken Salad

Greek Chicken Salad is a bright, light, and flavorful meal loaded with chicken seasoned with Mediterranean spices, crisp vegetables, juicy olives, and feta cheese.

Finished with a homemade tzatziki dressing, it's a satisfying low-carb meal ready in a little over 30 minutes.

chicken greek salad in large white serving bowl with dressing and lemon on the side

My family really enjoys Greek-inspired meals. Because of its heavy use of fresh herbs and spices, every dish turns out super juicy and flavorful.

This easy and simple recipe is a traditional Greek salad combined with delicious chicken thighs soaked in a quick marinade. It's a low-carb, protein-packed, and satisfying meal, fit for lunch or dinner.

And with three cooking methods for the chicken, you can pick whatever is most convenient for you. Let's get started!

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Ingredients - Notes and Substitutions

The ingredients for this chicken salad with Greek yogurt dressing have been broken down into three sections - chicken, dressing, and salad.

three step grid with chicken, fresh vegetables and dressing ingredients

Marinade for Chicken

  • Olive Oil: Any good quality extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) will add a subtle fruity flavor.
  • Spices: Salt, pepper, paprika (sweet), red pepper flakes (reduce in half for mild heat), cumin, and cinnamon for adding sweet-smoky flavors.
  • Garlic Powder: I'm using garlic powder here, but feel free to finely mince or grate 2 cloves of garlic.
  • Dried Oregano: Adds a subtle floral flavor. Use more or less depending on your taste.
  • Lemon Juice: For fresh acidity and a burst of brightness.
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs: I prefer chicken thighs for the moist texture. If you prefer chicken breast, slice each breast in half lengthwise.

Salad

  • Romaine: Crunchy, sweet romaine is the best base for a Greek salad with chicken. Iceberg is another great option.
  • English Cucumber: The skin on English and Persian cucumbers is thin and the seeds are small, so there is no need to peel or deseed.
  • Cherry Tomatoes: Super sweet and always ripe cherry tomatoes have the best flavor all year round. Grape tomatoes would be your next best option.
  • Red Onion: For sweet, savory bite. If you like, soak the red onion in cool water for 10 minutes to tame its raw, harsh bite.
  • Pitted Kalamata Olives: Keep the olives whole or halve them, if you prefer.
  • Feta Cheese: Go for a feta cheese block, and cube or crumble into bite-sized pieces.

Greek Salad Dressing

  • Persian Cucumber: Persian cucumbers are my first preference for their sweet, crunchy flavor. Alternatively, use English cucumbers.
  • Plain Greek Yogurt: Use full fat for the best flavor.
  • Lemon Juice, Garlic, Salt + Black Pepper, Extra Virgin Olive Oil: To season, balance and brighten the cucumber and herbs.
  • Fresh Dill + Mint: I prefer to use a combination, but feel free to use just one.
  • Water: The water is to thin out the yogurt. Start with 1 Tablespoon and work your way up from there.

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How to Make Greek Chicken Salad

This easy Greek chicken salad can be prepared in three different ways. Here's how:

Step 1: Marinate Chicken

In a small bowl, combine olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, pepper flakes, cumin, cinnamon, garlic powder, oregano, and lemon juice.

Add chicken to a bowl and pour the marinade over. Toss well to coat the chicken. Refrigerate while you work on other ingredients.

chicken thighs marinating in Mediterranean spices in white bowl

Step 2: Prepare Dressing

Grate the cucumber on a kitchen towel and gently squeeze out the excess water.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, dill, mint, and olive oil.

Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to thin to your desired consistency. Adjust seasoning and refrigerate until ready to use.

two step grid making tzatziki dressing with yogurt, cucumbers, dill and spices

Step 3: Cook Chicken in One of Three Ways

Method 1: In a Skillet: Heat a skillet on medium-high heat. Add marinated chicken and cook for 5 minutes.

Flip the chicken and cook for another 4-5 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Method 2: Air Fryer: Preheat the air fryer to 360°F. Place chicken in the fryer basket in a single layer. Cook for 8 minutes.

Flip the chicken and cook for another 5-6 minutes, or until the chicken cooks through.

Method 3: Oven Broiler: Place chicken on an aluminum-lined baking tray. Broil for 8 minutes on the first side, flip and cook another 5-6 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

three step grid cooking chicken thighs in skillet, air fyer, oven

Step 4: Assemble the Salad

To assemble the salad, chop romaine lettuce into bite-size pieces and add it to a large salad bowl. Add chopped cucumber, tomatoes, sliced onion, olives, and feta cheese.

two step grid preparing greek salad in white bowl with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, olives and feta

Cut chicken into thin slices or bite-size pieces and add to salad.

two step grid slicing chicken on wooden board, then topped on greek salad bowl

Pour the tzatziki dressing on top of the salad and toss to combine.

spooning tzatziki dressing over greek salad with chicken

Salad Dressing Tip: Always start with half the dressing. The dressing is enough when the salad looks lightly coated and doesn't drip to the botom of the bowl.

Serving Suggestions

This Greek salad with chicken can be served as a healthy lunch or dinner. Some of my favorite ways include:

Light Lunch: Serve the salad as is, with plenty of tzatziki dressing for drizzling, or add a dollop of red pepper hummus.

Dinner: Serve the salad with a few more Mediterranean sides such as quinoa tabbouleh, and warm, crusty bread, or pita.

How to Store

Leftover chicken Greek salad will keep for up to 1 day in an airtight container in the fridge if the salad has been tossed with the dressing.

Meal Prep Storage: Cook the chicken, and prepare the dressing and salad ingredients. Store each one in its own Tupperware or glass container for up to 4 days. Assemble when ready to eat.

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Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Chicken Marinade: Since the chicken marinade contains lemon juice, don't marinate for too long. Simply marinate and refrigerate while you prepare the dressing and salad ingredients.
  • Spice Level: The chicken is about a medium spice level. Adjust the red pepper flakes up or down based on how spicy you want the chicken.
  • Add capers: Amp up the Mediterranean flavors by adding a tablespoon of brined capers to this salad.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the name of the salad from Greece?

Traditional Greek salad made of cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion and topped with a block of feta cheese is called, "horiatiki" or village salad.

Why is Greek salad so healthy?

Greek salad is low-calorie, low-carb, and nutrient-dense as it is packed with fresh vegetables consisting of plenty of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. And when you add chicken to the mix, it becomes a filling and protein-packed meal.

What is Greek salad dressing made of?

Traditional Greek salad dressing is made of red wine vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, garlic, oregano and salt. We are taking it up a notch with a homemade Tzatziki dressing.

Are Greek salads good for weight loss?

Yes! Greek salad with chicken thighs is a low-carb, high-protein meal that will keep you full and satisfied and is packed full of nutritious veggies.

How many calories are in Greek salad with chicken?

One serving of this Greek yogurt chicken salad is 439 calories. Not too bad for a light lunch or dinner!

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Greek Chicken Salad

Easy recipe for Greek Chicken Salad that's low-carb, high in protein and full of fresh vegetables to enjoy for lunch, dinner or meal prep.
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 439kcal

Ingredients

Marinde for Chicken

For Tzatziki Dressing

  • 1 Persian cucumber grated to make ½ cup
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic pressed or minced fine
  • teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-4 tablespoons water to thin the dressing

For Salad

  • 1 head romaine roughly chopped
  • 1 English cucumber or 2 Persian Cucumbers diced
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes halved
  • ½ red onion thinly sliced
  • ½ cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 4 ounces feta cubed

Instructions

Marinate Chicken

  • In a small bowl, combine olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, pepper flakes, cumin, cinnamon, garlic powder, oregano, and lemon juice. Add chicken to a bowl and pour the marinade over. Toss well to coat the chicken. Refrigerate while you work on other ingredients.

Prepare Dressing

  • Grate the cucumber on a kitchen towel and gently squeeze out the excess water. In a mixing bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, dill, mint, and olive oil. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to thin to your desired consistency. Adjust seasoning and refrigerate until ready to use.

Cook chicken one of Three ways:

  • In a skillet: Heat a skillet on medium-high heat. Add marinated chicken and cook for 5 minutes. Flip the chicken and cook for another 4-5 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Air Fryer: Pre-heat the air fryer to 360°F. Place chicken in the fryer basket in a single layer. Cook for 8 minutes. Flip the chicken and cook for another 5-6 minutes, or until the chicken cooks through.
  • Oven Broiler: Place chicken on an aluminum-lined baking tray. Broil for 8 minutes on the first side, flip and cook another 5-6 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

Assemble Salad

  • To assemble the salad, chop romaine lettuce into bite-size pieces and add to a large salad bowl. Add chopped cucumber, tomatoes, sliced onion, olives and feta cheese.
  • Cut chicken into thin slices or bite-size pieces and add to salad.
  • Pour the tzatziki dressing on top of the salad and toss to combine.

Notes

  • Chicken Marinade: No need to marinate the chicken for too long. Simply marinate quickly in the fridge while you prepare the dressing and salad ingredients.
  • Spice Level: The chicken is about a medium spice level. Adjust the red pepper flakes up or down based on how spicy you want the chicken.
  • Add capers: Amp up the Mediterranean flavors by adding a tablespoon of brined capers to this salad.
 
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition

Sodium: 1424mg | Calcium: 252mg | Vitamin C: 27mg | Vitamin A: 3621IU | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 931mg | Cholesterol: 188mg | Calories: 439kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Fat: 24g | Protein: 42g | Carbohydrates: 14g | Iron: 4mg

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Greek Chicken Salad