Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Summer Salads

Oh summer-time! How lovely you are!!!!! Beyond the beautiful weather, all the hours you can spend outside relaxing in the warmth of the sun....... I really looooove all the summer-time veggies!!!!

A Perfect Summer Salad:

Here is my version of grilled chicken over a greek style village salad (The traditional style village greek salad is traditionally cucumber, tomatoes, red onions, feta and calamata olives - they omit the lettuce)


For the Chicken (or omit for a Vegetarian option):
I used one package of chicken tenders (Breasts would work just as great!)
Marinade - Olive oil, salt & pepper, Lawry's, Oregano, italian seasoning (If I had a lemon I would have added it as well!) 
Let it marinate for at least 30 mins.

For the salad:
A few nice ripe tomatoes (I had a large beefsteak on hand, so that is what I used)
half of an English cucumber (they don't have seeds and are perfect for this!)
half of a red onion
an Avocado (this is my addition, plus I had a few ripe that were ready for noshing!)
goat cheese crumbles (again this was what was on hand, the saltiness of feta goes great too)
nice aged balsamic vinegar
extra virgin olive oil
Sprinkles of Salt and Pepper

Chop all the veggies, and start either your grill (or grill pan) over medium heat.

Grill up the chicken Baby!!!

Start layering in all the veggies, the more the merrier!!!

Now sprinkle the goat cheese, olive oil, salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar.

Chop up your chicken and then top your veggies....feel free to add more balsamic (if you are like me, the more the merrier, plus the chicken will start absorbing it, and ummm YUMM!) .

How do you start to celebrate the summer season?? Do you have a quintessential meal that makes it feel like summer to you??? What veggies do you wait all winter for???


  1. Ok you just inspired me to eat salads today. I really needed something healthy and delicious like this after all the indulgent (and fattening) meals lately.

    Looks amazing


  2. Looks delicious.

  3. I LOVE greek salads!! so refreshing! You inspired me to get one for lunch :)


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