This Greek salad with chicken is easy to make and full of fresh, bold flavors. It also uses a classic Greek dressing, which doubles as a marinade for the chicken.
About This Recipe
This recipe is a twist on a Traditional Greek Salad by adding lettuce, chicken and avocado. If you love Mediterranean-inspired flavors, you'll love this salad!
The recipe layers romaine lettuce with fresh tomatoes, crispy cucumber, creamy feta, tangy olives, and ripe avocados. Plus it's topped with an incredibly simple and juicy lemon herb chicken.
This recipe is delicious as a main course for lunch, dinner, or meal prep for your week. The ingredients pack it full of fresh, satisfying flavors that you'll crave again and again!
Here's what you'll need to make this recipe. The full recipe and ingredient list can be found at the bottom of the page.
- Chicken breasts
- Romaine lettuce
- Kalamata olives
- Red onion (about ¼ of onion)
Greek Dressing & Marinade:
- Olive oil
- Red wine vinegar
- Lemon juice
Here's how to make this recipe in 7 simple steps:
- Cut the chicken: slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally to make 4 chicken cutlets.
- Mix the dressing: in a small bowl, add all of the dressing ingredients and stir or whisk until emulsified and completely mixed.
- Marinate the chicken: In an airtight container, add ¼ cup of the dressing to the chicken and marinate for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
- Cook the chicken: heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Place the chicken in the skillet and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side. Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes and then slice into thin strips.
- Make the salad: add all of the salad ingredients, including the cooked chicken, to a large bowl.
- Add the dressing: drizzle as much of the dressing as desired over the top and toss to mix.
- Serve: serve immediately. Optionally, garnish with a sprinkle of oregano and lemon wedges for serving.
Here's some of the most popular substitutions and additions for this recipe:
- Chicken: you can swap out chicken breasts for chicken thighs. Cook your chicken on the stovetop or on the grill.
- Tomatoes: any type of tomato is tasty here. Some options are: garden, beefsteak, plum, roma, cherry, or grape tomatoes.
- Olives: kalamata olives are a traditional choice, but you can use any black or green olive.
- Pepperoncini: a popular addition. Leave them whole or chop them up and add about 1 cup.
About The Dressing
This recipe uses a traditional Greek dressing. It's light, refreshing, and such a tasty compliment to all of the Mediterranean flavors in this salad.
The dressing in this recipe also serves as a marinade for the chicken. This keeps the chicken juicy and gives it delicious lemon herb flavor.
Here's a few other dressing options that would also be tasty:
- Italian Dressing
- Tzatziki Sauce
- Lemon Vinaigrette
- Creamy Tahini
Frequently Asked Questions
Before cooking your chicken, slice it in half horizontally so that you have a total of 4 thinner/flatter chicken pieces. Then once your chicken is cooked, cut it into thin strips before adding it to your salad.
This salad would be tasty with a variety of dressings! Some ideas are: Italian dressing, zesty Italian dressing, lemon vinaigrette, tzatziki sauce, or a creamy tahini dressing.
Yes, you can make this recipe ahead of time but wait to add the avocados (because they will brown) and the dressing until just before serving it.
How to Serve
This recipe is most popular served as a main course and makes about 4 servings. It can be served with the chicken warm or cold.
How to Store
- In the fridge: store your leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Store your avocado separately to prevent it from browning. After about a day, the lettuce won't be as crisp; to prevent this, store the dressing separately as well.
- For meal prep: make the salad according to the instructions but store the dressing and avocado separately. Toss just before serving. This is a great salad to meal-prep in layers in large mason jars or Tupperware.
If you make this recipe, be sure to leave a comment & rating at the bottom of this page!