Herbed Chicken Salad

Tuesday 18 August 2009

It sure has been hot here this past week . . . I think this is what they call the dog days of August. You know what I mean . . . hot and sticky . . . sapping your energy and making you feel lethargic and lazy.

Or at least that is the way it affects me. Thankfully though, it also cools down quite nicely in the evenings, so sleeping is not so bad or uncomfortable. If you've at least had a good night's sleep the muggy days are not so hard to take . . .

But you don't really want to put the oven on, or cook anything heavy . . .

Something light and refreshing is the rule of the day . . . something quick . . . easy . . . but always tasty.

I am a real lover of salads. Todd is not so much, but I always throw in a baked potato for him that I cook in the convection oven, so as not to heat up the kitchen. He's a meat and potatoes man and it's not a main meal for him unless there is a potato involved somewhere along the line.

This tasty salad with a baked potato on the side fits the bill perfectly for him . . . and he doesn't even complain that it's salad. There's cheese here . . . something else that he really likes.

*Herbed Chicken Salad*
Serves 4
Printable Recipe

Quick to make and low in fat, this is the perfect supper salad for a hot and humid summer's evening. We love eating this with bread sticks, but toasted pita breads go really well also.

For the Chicken:
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBS fresh lemon juice

For the Salad:
8 cups chopped Cos lettuce
1/2 English Cucumber, peeled and cut into cubes
1 small punnet of baby plum tomatoes, cut in halves
a small handful of pitted kalamata olives, halved
2 ounces Feta cheese, crumbled

For the Dressing:
1 cup plain Greek Yoghurt
2 to 3 tsp tahini Isesame seed paste)
1/2 tsp garlic paste
1 to 2 TBS fresh lemon juice (depending on how tart you want the dressing)
salt and black pepper to taste

Mix the oregano, garlic powder, black pepper and salt together for the chicken. Heat a large skillet, which you have sprayed with low fat cooking spray, over medium high heat. Add the chicken pieces and sprinkle with the herb mixture. Saute until the chicken is cooked through and slightly browned. Drizzle with the lemon juice and remove from the heat.

Make the dressing by whisking together all the dressing ingredients. Set aside.

Divide the lettuce amongst 4 chilled salad plates. Divide the olives, tomatoes and cucumber evenly amongst them as well. Scatter 1/4th of the chicken mixture over each. Crumble the feta cheese over all. Place the dressing into a small pouring container, for each person to drizzle over their own salads. Serve immediately.


  1. That salad is perfect for the current temperatures we're having (30degrees expected here today)Likewise with my husband - salad is not considered a 'main course' !!!

    It looks so delicious Marie

  2. Very different from many I have made.. I will keep this too:) Thanks!

  3. Marie that is a gorgeous looking salad! I will definitely add it to my list to try :) Hey not sure if you heard yet, but I started a discussion list for food bloggers! It's gaining momentum and I'd love it if you joined us (if you haven't already!)! All food bloggers are welcome, so if you know anyone else who would like ot join please pass it along! http://groups.yahoo.com/group/foodblogs/

  4. Oh Marie this is gorgeous! yes we have the muggy humidity too, it's awful. i'm really quit ready for fall to get here!

  5. This is a really lovely dish! Marie..huggs,gloria

  6. This is a beautiful salad--love the addition of the feta cheese...mmm...Happy Day, Marie! LOVE YA ((BIG HUGS))

  7. Up here further north than you we don't do muggy - or we might do but I can't remember when.

    Keith will like (so will I) almost fat free chips with this: line baking sheet with foil, spray with Fry Light, spread out unpeeled and par boiled fat wedges and spray them too. Top of Gas No. 6 oven for 10 mins, turning once.

    I wish my imagination would stretch as far as yours does. Keith wants to know if he could please come and live at your house. He'll clean the windows and unblock any drains!

    love, Angie, xx


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