So the big feasting holiday has come and gone. I hope everyone had a wonderful time with friends and loved ones, and enjoyed great food! Our Thanksgiving was a blast and everything went very well. Being together with so many family members makes me so grateful for all the blessings in our life. Of course, in the wake of the holiday I find myself craving lighter, healthier foods. I created this Greek chicken salad recently and was thrilled with the result. It is light and healthy, yet filling, and combines the flavors of some of my very favorite foods like chicken gyros and cherry tomato salad. The addition of olives and a sprinkle of feta on top give a nice salty counterbalance to the cool, creamy tzatziki. Served on homemade wheat pita, this makes an awesome lunch or dinner. So there you go – I thought I had better share at least one healthy meal before I start in on all the holiday baking :)
My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!
1½ cups cooked chicken, coarsely chopped or shredded
½ cup cucumber, diced
¾ cup tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
2-3 tbsp. sliced black olives (or Kalamata olives)
1 cup tzatziki sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pita, for serving
Crumbled feta cheese
Combine the chicken, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, olives and tzatziki sauce in a medium bowl. Stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve as desired over pita bread, topped with crumbled feta cheese.
*Note: Readers frequently ask if they can use Greek yogurt rather than buying plain yogurt and straining it. You absolutely can do that, but I prefer to strain my own yogurt because it is simply much cheaper than buying an equal amount of Greek yogurt.