A Greek Chicken Salad is a fresh spring flavor you can make any time of year. Packed with bright healthy ingredients, it makes a great lunch or meal prep solution.
Greek chicken salad relies on the bright flavors of fresh veggies so ubiquitous in Mediterrean diets. This salad is naturally gluten free and low carb. Because of the fresh ingredients, protein and healthy fats, this lunch is also paleo and Whole30 friendly.
This chicken salad recipe is low in calories and packed with nutrients from all the vegetables and protein. It will keep you satisfied for the whole afternoon. By making your own salad dressing to go with it, you can be sure it doesn’t contain any preservatives or additives.
You can eat it right away or divide it into four servings and use it for meal prep. This salad makes it easy to eat healthy lunches every day of the week.
What is a Greek chicken salad made of?
Greek chicken salad is full of ingredients you find commonly in Mediterrean diets. These diets, consisting of lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats, have been proven to have heart benefits.
Use any combination of these ingredients that you enjoy for a nutrient packed meal:
- Bell pepper
- Olives (black or kalamata)
- Feta cheese
- Romaine lettuce
Why should we marinate the chicken?
A marinade adds flavor to the chicken and helps keep it moist while cooking. If you were using a tougher cut of meat, you would want some acidic ingredients in your marinade. However, chicken breast are not tough and don’t need to be broken down before cooking.
The oil in the marinade infuses the meat with the flavor of the seasoning added to it. Use the garlic, oregano and paprika recipe I use here or add any of the seasoning to it that you would also use in Greek chicken salad dressing.
What is Greek chicken salad dressing made of?
The basic recipe for any vinaigrette salad dressing is a two to one ratio of oil to the acidic ingredient. In my Greek chicken salad, I use lemon juice as the acid. Other options would be red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar.
Seasoning the dressing also helps to infuse the salad with flavor. Options for spices in the dressing are:
- Dijon mustard
And always add salt and pepper to intensify the flavor.
You could add any of these spices to the chicken as well.
If you are using this as a meal prep chicken salad recipe, you may want to keep the salad dressing separate until you are ready to eat it. The ingredients will stay fresh longer if they do not sit in the dressing.
More Chicken Salad and Greek Salad Recipes:
Chicken Salad with Spicy Mayo Dressing
Grilled Chicken Avocado Salad
Chimichurri Chicken Chopped Salad
Easy Mediterranean Salad Recipe
More Chicken Meal-Prep Recipes:
Easy Chopped Chicken Salad (Meal-Prep)
Spicy Chicken with Sauteed Cabbage and Zucchini Bowls
Meal Prep Recipe for Chicken and Vegetables
Spicy Chicken Meal-Prep Bowls
Chicken Fajita Meal-Prep Bowls