Blackened Chicken Greek Salad

I’ve mentioned I love to make a recipe my own by playing with measurements and adding a twist.  When going out to eat, one of my favorite meals is a Greek Salad.  I have to credit one of my lifelong besties for inspiring my love of Greek Salad.  Not only because she is Greek, but also because she is a picky eater and even she loves a good Greek Salad.  I knew if it made her list of limited options it had to be fantastic!  One of our go to restaurants has a killer version and every time I have ordered it, it has been executed to near perfection.  I developed a craving for a Greek Salad a few weeks ago while also realizing we haven’t been there in about that time, coincidence?  I started building a version in my head – my take on an old favorite.

Blackened Chicken Greek Salad

Serves: It depends on the purpose.  As a side dish, this would serve a party of 25-30.  As a main dish I would say 15.  In this instance I was feeding a crowd.  I’m definitely going to make this again, but will probably cut everything in half for a family dinner.

  • 2 1/2 lbs Chicken Breasts
  • 4 heads of Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 lb. Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber (2 large or 3 small)
  • 1 Medium Red Onion
  • Kalamata Olives – as many as you want!  I can’t say enough good things about Kalamata olives, so I’ll leave it at – yum.  
  • Feta Cheese – same notes as Kalamata olives – as many as you want!
  • Pepperoncini
  • Roasted Garlic Cloves optional, but delicious
  • Marinade – can be anything from Italian dressing, Greek dressing to a balsamic.  In this version I used a Cranberry Balsamic and later added a little pure pomegranate juice.
  • Greek Dressing

Marinade

I marinated the chicken breasts overnight in Cranberry Balsamic dressing.  I had some leftover from another salad and thought I would give it a try as a marinade.  I love the flavor dried cranberries add to almost any salad, so I just viewed a marinade as a natural success.

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Blacken Chicken

Get the grill scorching hot – somewhere between 500-550°.  Place chicken on the grill, cover & let cook for about 4 minutes.  Cooking on high helps seal in the juices and in this case also added a slight canalization to the marinade. Reduce heat to around 450-475°, flip and cook for another 5-6 minutes.  I am going to warm these in the oven before serving, so avoid overcooking on the grill.  A touch under will be just perfect.  Remove from grill and cut into thin strips, place in a pan, add about a cup of pure pomegranate juice and tightly cover with foil.  In this instance, I grilled the chicken the night before and refrigerated the chicken in the pomegranate juice.  Before serving, place in an oven preheated to 350° and cook for about 20 minutes.  If you are making the day of, you can go straight from the grill to the oven.

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Now comes the fun part – putting it all together!  This salad is HUGE, so you will need a large serving dish.  I start with a base layer of  lettuce, then top with all of the yummy extras.  If you are making for dinner, you could serve with some warm pita bread. I served with some Olive and Feta Greek dressing. Next time I will probably try to make my own. To be honest, with the juice from the chicken and they pomegranate juice, I could have gone with no dressing.  Enjoy!

Greek Salad

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. I love Greek salad too! Lot of fresh greens and olives! Thanks for the recipe.

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  2. mkcasey80 says:

    My husband said that this looks great!

    Marcey

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  3. megan4hawk says:

    Looks delicious!

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  4. Jo says:

    Beautiful meal. My Turkish friends turned me onto the fact that feta comes in all different levels of mildness/sharpness. Some just taste better than others so I would admonish people to find one they like for their salad. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

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    1. Thank you very much! I’ve played with the sharpness of cheddar in recipes, but I haven’t with feta. That sounds fun to try! Thanks for visiting! ~Heidi Melissa

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  5. Amber says:

    I love Greek Salad…all Greek food, really. I’m making this for dinner this week! Thanks for the inspiration. Love your blog!

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting and for the kind words. I hope you enjoy! Thanks again! ~Heidi Melissa

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  6. BH says:

    I have been searching for awesome Vegas bachelor party suites where I can throw my buddy’s party.

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    1. I’m a VEGAS lover! Suites definitely depend on how much you want to spend! You absolutely cannot go wrong with the Palazzo! Other great, but slightly cheaper options are MGM & NY NY. If you are looking for a cheaper, off strip time, I recommend downtown Vegas. The Golden Nugget is a favorite there. Also, use the concierge – that is why they are there. The higher priced hotel the better the perks they can provide, but often telling them it’s a bachelor party could score you some free drink coupons or even a discount on bottle service. Have fun and keep me posted!

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