With temperatures already in the high 80’s (that was quick, wasn’t it?) this might have to be the week of salads. They are so good and refreshing this time of year, and can make for such an easy dinner.
When we were in California, I needed some breakfast for the early flight home. So, I picked up a Mediterranean chicken salad at a local store the day before and it was a great breakfast, believe it or not! Anyway, I finally got around to trying to replicate it and it was a huge hit in our family, even with my olive-hating husband. He actually said, “please make this once a week.” I couldn’t believe it.
Anyway, last night, my sweet husband grilled up 3 pounds of chicken on The Egg, which makes things like this and the Chinese chicken salad so so easy to make later in the week. I think we’ve just added a new staple to our Sunday routine…
So this is more chicken, less salad, but the amount of spinach is up to you. This is what I used:
- 1 lb. grilled chicken
- 1/4 cup fresh calamata olives (Whole Foods olive bar)
- organic cherry tomatoes, cut in half (used most of the container so about 1 cup)
- purple onion (I used half of a precut container so the equivalent of about 1/2 onion)
- 1/4 cup regular crumbled feta
- handful or two of spinach
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1/4 tsp tarragon
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 tbsp red wine
- celtic sea salt, a dash or two
Here’s what you need to do:
- Cut up tomatoes, chicken and onions and olives and put in a large bowl.
- Add in the feta and stir all together.
- In a small bowl, use all of the dressing ingredients and mix well.
- Add the dressing to the large bowl and stir well.
- Finally, toss in a handful (or two) of spinach and enjoy!
If you don’t use too much spinach, it saves really well for leftovers.
Michelle - Made this for dinner tonight! Yum!
landriav - Awesome Michelle!!! Glad y’all liked t!
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Nicole - Oh my gosh! Best salad I’ve ever eaten!!!!
landriav - So glad you liked it Nicole! After seeing your post, it made me realize I need to make this again. We are having it tomorrow. 🙂 Thanks for posting!
GiGi Eats Celebrities - Wow! I would like that once a DAY not once a week! ha ha! Simple chicken salads like that make me so happy, especially when they’re NOT made with MAYO! All you need is a little OLIVE OIL! 🙂
landriav - Ha! So glad you liked it!! We make it at least once a month and are always sure to make a huge batch of it since that stuff doesn’t last long around here!! Thanks for commenting!! 🙂
justin - I absolutely LOVED Whole Foods Store Mediteranean Salad and found this when I googled it on line. What does 1/4 EVOO mean? I know it means Extra Virgin Olive Oil but how much is “1/4”? Cup? TBS? TSP?
Great recipe which I will definitely try once I get the actual specific recipe. I’ll also get my grilled chicken at Costco where it is grilled and precooked. 🙂
landriav - Hey Justin! Sorry about that, it’s 1/4 cup. And good to know about the precooked chicken! I’m all about ease!!