I’m in love with Greek Salad. I can’t seem to help myself. There’s something about the crisp romaine, crunchy vegetables, salty olives, and pungent feta tossed with tangy lemon dressing that make my taste buds smile.
Greek salad with grilled chicken is one of my favorite lunch options. It’s loaded with good-for-you ingredients: crunchy romaine lettuce, cucumbers, red onion, tomatoes, olives, feta cheese and if you are really lucky – a pickled pepperoncini or two.
Unfortunately, the Greek salads served in a lot of restaurants can also be loaded with fat and calories thanks to a heavy hand with high-fat dressing and cheese. I just checked out the nutritional facts for my favorite Greek salad of the moment and learned that it packs 370 calories, 34 g fat and 11 WW PointsPlus Value. And California Pizza Kitchen’s version is even worse: 555 calories and 28 g fat in a half portion.
The good news is that it’s really easy to make a light and tasty Greek salad right in your own kitchen.
It’s a great way to use leftover grilled chicken. Or leave the chicken off for a delicious vegetarian lunch or dinner.
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded, grilled and sliced (about 4 ounces each)
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 6 cups torn romaine lettuce
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 1 large cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- ½ red onion, chopped or thinly sliced
- 12 kalamata olives, pitted and cut in half
- ½ cup reduced-fat feta cheese
- 4 to 8 pickled pepperoncini, if desired
- To make the salad dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, oregano and black pepper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, onion and olives.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss until everything is well coated with dressing. Add the cheese and toss again.
- Divide the salad among 4 salad plates or bowls and top with grilled chicken and pepperoncini, if using.
Links to More Greek Salads:
Greek Dinner Salad - with fresh herbs and chickpeas and whole wheat pita with 11 PointsPlus Value from Cooking Light at My Recipes.
Chopped Greek Salad – with lightened dressing has only 4 WW PointsPlus Value from Weight Watchers
Greek Lemon Dill Grilled Chicken Salad – with roasted peppers and chickpeas has only 8 WW PointsPlus Value from Weight Watchers