Cooking From Scratch - Greek Chicken Salad
As the weather gets warmer here I start changing the types of recipes I make. Who wants soup when it is 80 degrees? Cold salads start showing up on our menu again and it is so refreshing after the long winter with lots of steaming hot comfort foods. This Greek Chicken Salad is so refreshing and good. It is a salad that should be made ahead so that the flavors can mingle together. This works great for those times you have company or as a quick dinner after work.
Chicken - as much as you need, cooked and diced. I used chicken tenderloins, but you could use dark or white meat.
Feta cheese - I buy this in bulk at Sam's Club, which brings the cost of this recipe way down.
Capers - the expensive part of this recipe, but a little jar goes a long way in flavor
Greek Vinaigrette salad dressing
After you brown the chicken it needs to chill in the refrigerator. Once it is chilled mix the chicken with the feta cheese, capers and salad dressing. It is hard to give measurements, because you can make as much or as little as you want. I will give you an example of how I made it last week. I was cooking for 4 adults and 4 children. I browned 3 pounds of chicken. I then added 1/2 cup of feta cheese, 1 tablespoon of capers and about 1/4 bottle of the salad dressing. You want the salad to be moist all over and mixed thoroughly together.
The cost breakdown is as follows. Chicken tenderloins $5.97, capers $1, feta cheese $.50, and salad dressing $.75. The chicken was by far the most expensive part of this recipe. The rest of the ingredients I only used part of the container and have plenty to make the salad at least 2 more times. Therefore I am estimating on the amount for those ingredients based on the total cost of the item and the amount I used. The total for a nice main dish for company was $8.22. We have enough leftover for one person to have it for lunch. This wasn't the cheapest recipe I could have made but it sure was good.
I usually serve the Greek Chicken Salad with homemade focaccia bread and a green leaf salad. If you don't want to heat up your kitchen try making a loaf of homemade bread in your bread machine. You get wonderful fresh bread, with very little hands on time and it doesn't heat up your kitchen because you don't turn your oven on. This recipe is perfect for warm weather. It is easy to make and even easier to serve. It would be a great dish to take for a summer potluck or barbeque. Enjoy!
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