Greek salad! Have you ever had one of those evenings when you have to put together a fantastic dinner for unexpected guests and you don’t have any time? With summer in full bloom, it’s time to pick up the ingredients of the season like cucumbers, all kinds of summer tomatoes, sweet peppers and the special ingredient that brings it all together – high quality sheep’s milk Feta.
If you have never bought sheep’s milk feta in brine, you need to! It’s an absolute revelation and truly a magic elixir. But don’t worry if you are doing Whole30 and you can’t have cheese on your salad, with the oil from Marinated Onions MAGIC ELIXIRS™ as a dressing, this salad is still a winner!
To bring in Greek flavor, we created a seasoning blend and made my Sizzling Everyday Roasted Chicken Breasts with it. (See below for the recipes). If you want to take this salad over the top, you can finish with my “Feta-grette” (click for the recipe).
One of the great things about this salad is that you can make several of the components ahead of time. I often cook the chicken breasts an hour ahead and then let them sit in the pan. Marinated Onions MAGIC ELIXIRS™ can be made a day in advance and the Greek seasoning blend can be made anytime and kept in an airtight container. So this salad isn’t just great for last minute guests but also for a gorgeous and easy weeknight dinner for you and your family. And the leftovers make such a lovely lunch to go.
- 2 Greek style Everyday Roasted Chicken Breasts
- 2 pounds of assorted tomatoes
- 2 batches of Marinated Onions MAGIC ELIXIRS™ (click here for recipe),
- 2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped into chunks
- 1 sweet or spicy summer pepper, sliced thin
- 1/3 cup olives
- 3/4 pound of Sheep’s milk Feta cheese in brine
Prepare chicken breasts (recipe below). Make Marinated Onions MAGIC ELIXIRS™ at least one hour ahead of time. Cut vegetables and set aside.
Assemble vegetables and chicken breast on a large platter. Add the Feta cheese and top with the Marinated Onions. Salt and pepper the vegetables and drizzle a generous amount of Marinated Onion oil all over the salad.
Remember that this recipe is just a guide. It’s good to get in the habit of “eyeing” what is enough for the group you’re feeding and making those adjustments. Maybe there is a tomato lover so you can add more tomatoes. Cheese lovers? Get a pound of Feta. Or if someone likes more protein, make an extra chicken breast and add that on.
Greek style Everyday Roasted Chicken Breasts
- 2 bone in and skin on chicken breasts
- 1 1/2 tsp of Greek seasoning blend (see recipe below)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Rub 3/4 tsp of the Greek seasoning blend on each chicken breast. Then, drizzle 1/2 of the olive oil on each and tub the oil and seasonings all over each piece. Finish by sprinkling 1/2 tsp salt on each breast.
Bake for about 35 minutes, then brush the top of the chicken with the juices. Return to oven for 5 minutes to brown the top. Remove from oven. If it isn’t brown enough at this point, baste again, turn up the oven temp, and bake for another 10 minutes.
Greek Seasoning Blend
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp thyme
- 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp dried dill
- 2 tsp dried parsley flakes
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp dried mint
Place all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until well combine. Store in an airtight container.
Teri’s short cut: Always make double the chicken breasts so you have them on hand!