This Cool, Refreshing Mediterranean Chicken Salad Is the Perfect Summer Meal

Salads are so good and refreshing this time of year and make for such an easy dinner. When we were in California, I needed some breakfast for the early flight home, so I picked up a Mediterranean chicken salad at a local store the day before. It was a great breakfast, believe it or not! I finally got around to trying to replicate it  at home, and it was a huge hit with our family, even with my olive-hating husband. He actually said, “Please make this once a week.” I couldn’t believe it.

Last night, my sweet husband grilled up three pounds of chicken on The Egg, which makes things like this so so easy to make later in the week. I think we’ve just added a new staple to our Sunday routine…

So this is more chicken, less salad, but the amount of spinach is up to you. This is what I used:

  • 1 pound grilled chicken
  • 1/4 cup fresh calamata olives (Whole Foods olive bar)
  • 1 cup organic cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 purple onion
  • 1/4 cup regular crumbled feta
  • 1 or 2 handfuls of spinach
For the dressing:
  • 1/4 extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon tarragon
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon red wine
  • 1 or 2 dashes celtic sea salt

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Cut up the tomatoes, chicken, onions, and olives and put them into a large bowl.
  • Add the feta and stir.
  • Put all the dressing ingredients into a small bowl and mix well.
  • Add the dressing to the large bowl and stir well.
  • Finally, toss in a handful (or two) of spinach and enjoy!

If you don’t use too much spinach, it saves really well for leftovers.

Landria Voigt, C.H.H.C., is the Nutritional Consultant and Public Speaker at Dr. Taz’s Atlanta Center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine office. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia and the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is author of the the book Super Paleo Snacks as well as the popular family and nutritional blog Stir It Up! where she shares her healthy recipes aimed at pleasing even the most finicky of palates, as well as forward-thinking ideas about nutrition.