Mar 29, 2012

Mediterranean Chicken Kebab Salad



Marinated chunks of grilled chicken breast served over a bed of lettuce with feta, fresh diced tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, black olives, red onions, parsley and dill tossed in olive oil and fresh lemon juice.


Last week I got tickets to see the Dr. Oz Show live in the city, talk about a fun day! After, I had lunch with my friend at a Turkish restaurant and I fell in love with their Shepard's salad. They served it with fresh grated feta on the side and fresh lemon, I don't think I'll have feta any other way now. I savored that salad and took notes so I wouldn't forget it.


Today, I fell in love with it all over again. 


The fresh flavors of the lemon, a hint of dill, cucumbers, tomatoes with the grilled chicken makes a wonderful main dish salad, perfect for lunch or dinner. If you want to make it more substantial you could serve it in a pita. I went with real feta, I'm not a fan of the chalky taste in reduced fat feta and a little goes a long way.


Photo above served with skinny tzatziki sauce. (Pita not included in nutritional info)


A wonderful high protein, low fat, low carb, low point, gluten-free main dish salad! To make this Paleo-friendly, leave the cheese out,





Mediterranean Chicken Kebab Salad
Skinnytaste.com
Servings:
4 • Serving Size: 1/4th • Old Points: 5 pt • Points+: 5 pt
Calories:
239.6 • Fat: 7.8 g • Protein: 28.3 g • Carb: 8.9 g • Fiber: 2.5 g • Sugar: 2 g
Sodium:
444 mg (without salt)


Ingredients:

  • 1 lb skinless boneless chicken breast, cut into 1 inch cubes


For the marinade:
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic, crushed
  • kosher salt to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste


For the salad:
  • 1 1/4 cups cucumber, peeled
  • 1 1/4 cups diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup diced bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup black olives
  • 1 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh dillweed
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 4 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, grated (omit for paleo)
  • lemon wedges for serving


Directions:

Marinate the chicken at least 2-3 hours or overnight. If using wooden skewers, soak in water at least 30 minutes if grilling outdoors.


Combine the first 12 salad ingredients (cucumbers through salt and black pepper, not the lettuce) and set aside in the refrigerator to let the flavors set.

Thread chicken on 4 skewers and cook on a hot grill (indoor or outdoor grill) until chicken is cooked though, about 10-12 minutes.


Divide lettuce between four plates, top with tomato-cucumber salad, fresh grated feta cheese and grilled chicken. Serve with lemon wedges.

96 comments :

  1. Girl this looks awesome! Thanks for sharing and keeping us healthy!

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  2. Oh my goodness, that looks so good, will have to cook.

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  3. This looks like a salad I had at a Mediterranean style restaurant once that was absolutely delicious, so thanks for coming up with this! Definitely going to be on my list of things to make!

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  4. Oh, yum! This is one of my favourite dishes - can't wait to try it out, SkinnyTaste style :)

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  5. I love greek food! This looks so good, can't wait to make it. Thank you, Gina.

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  6. This looks ridiculous. Can't wait to make it. Love your website.

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  7. YUM! this looks delish!

    fitfashlife.blogspot.com

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  8. Gina, I love love love your site. This looks like another great recipe! Weird question - if I don't have a grill could I broil the chicken? Would that change the cooking time?

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    1. You could always cook it on a hot pan (without the sticks)! Or a George Forman.

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  9. what does the feta look like? Is it purchased in a chunck and then you grate it??

    thanks Gina this look fabulous!!!!

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    1. You can buy it crumbled or in a square. I bought the square and grated it.

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  10. also when you set out to prepare a "DISH" do you usually have all the ingredients on hand or do you have to run to the store? Do you usually have fresh herbs on hand?
    Cannot wait to try this....

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    1. LOL, I'm at the supermarket every day!

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    2. LOL...I kinda thought so.....

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  11. I seriously love this site. It's so nice to see so much beautiful and delicious food that's actually good for you. Keep up the good work!

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  12. I am drooling!!!! I can't wait to make this! I love all your recipes. Thank You

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  13. I love mediteranean food can't wait to make it

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  14. Oh my goodnesssss... you have me drooling!

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  15. Great salad! I was in NYC a few weeks ago for the Dr oz show too. Too bad it wasn't the same day.

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    1. Oh too funny! The one I went to airs Monday.

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  16. I smell the aroma of that chicken kebab also love to taste that delicious salad...can't wait to try them

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  17. I love blogging, I really do. cooking and blogging are two of my lifes great pleasures. But recently I walked away from blogging for awhile to refocus on several areas of my life.
    Health being a big one! I'm back to focusing on my diet and exercising and one of the things I did was unsubscribe to the majority of the food blogs I follow. I had about 30 and am down to five.

    SkinnyTaste is one that remained. I simply love your recipes and they're just what I need to keep me inspired.

    I love this recipe! Going shopping today and will be picking up the few missing ingredients to make this tonight for dinner. Wonderful!!!

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  18. Yum! Fabulous recipe!! I want a greek sandwich now!! Dam this is all I'm going to think of today!

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  19. grated feta??! what a great idea!! Can't wait to try it!

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  20. This recipe is excellent- full of flavor! Thanks for all the time and effort you put into your website. I have been following your blog for 9 months now and make at least 6 or more recipes per week. I have yet to find one that I don't like. You have made my weight loss journey of 60 lbs more fun and "tasty" than I could have ever imagined. I tell all my friends about your website!!

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  21. This is now my favorite site to accompany Weight Watchers, This is a wonderful , healthy meal, and 5 points is awesome!

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  22. Gina, I want to personally thank you for all your hard work in preparing and sharing your wonderful healthy recipes. I look forward to going in my kitchen and cooking now. There has not been one dish that I have prepared that was disappointing.

    When people make mention of my weight lost, and ask how am I doing it. I always remember to mention your website, and all the healthy recipes that I choose from. I let them know eating healthy does not mean boring foods. It is about being educated. You have informed so many of us. You have proven that eating delicious foods can be healthy, appealing and very tasty.

    Again thanks,
    Carol Lynn

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    1. Thanks Carol, I really appreciate that and glad you feel that way. :)

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  23. YUM! This looks so delicious :)

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  24. there is a KEY ingredient that should be there for a really authentic middle eastern marinated chicken...that is GROUND SUMAC...that is the secret of the Middle Eastern restaurants. I just adore it and I put it on salads as well. I marinate mine the same way as yours except for adding the ground sumac and red pepper flakes and of course olive oil. Try the ground sumac, I guarantee you will LOVE IT!
    Want to see the BEST Middle Eastern cookbook on the market? Check out Ma Basema (something like that) it is superb!!!
    BTW seeing Dr.Oz live is beyond cool!

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    1. Thanks, I'll have to buy some!!

      Yes, the dr oz show I saw airs Monday and I'm on tv in the audience since I sat in the front!

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  25. love love love this! I could eat souvlaki and tzaziki everyday!

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  26. I think it looks delicious and it's so easy...will give it a try! I love lemon!

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  27. Hi,

    We did the recipe last night and it was a huge success. Thank you for the recipe and have a good day! Elise

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  28. cant wait to make this salad looks so yummy. Going to use Kalmata Olives in place of the black. As usual your recipes are right on point. Thanks for all you do....

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  29. Is the vinegar in the salad recipe regular white vinegar or some other kind?? Thank you!

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  30. Hey Gina! Thanks!!
    I didn't understand why If using wooden skewers, soak in water at least 30 minutes ? Do you mean soaking the skewers in water? why?

    Thank you..:)
    Iris

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    1. If you are grilling the chicken kebabs with wooden skewers, you'll want to soak them so they don't burn if grilling outside.

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  31. I made this last night for my non-dieting family and my husband RAVED about it. (If he had known it was "diet" food, he would have been politely receptive and not had multiple helpings. :-)

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  32. Cynthia from VA3/31/12, 8:59 PM

    I don't know how I was surviving before I found your blog! I went to weigh in on Friday and I was down 4.8 pounds and that was just from cooking and eating your recipes. My daughter is 10 and the dr. has said she needed to drop a few lbs. I had no idea how I was going to feed her diet blah food. Then along came skinnytaste. You have made my family so happy they get so anxious when they see me cook now.

    I just finished eating Skinny Loaded Nachos with Turkey, Beans and Cheese for dinner. I wasn't sure if my husband would eat it since he doesn't really like nachos but it was a hit.

    I have tried so many of your recipes and I love everything. My favorite comment I have had from my family is when my daughter was eating baked chicken parmesan and she said "the angels are singing" That is why I can not wait to make this salad it to looks like it will make the angels sing.

    Thank you for all the time you put into these recipes. It is because of you I am making progress on my weight loss journey.

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  33. I'm definitely making this for lunch. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  34. Made this today, its really good, i would encourage every one to try this. I'll be posting a video of me making on my blog soon.
    http://simplefreerecipes.blogspot.com/

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  35. Gina,
    I made this recipe last night opting instead to make "gyros" rather than the salad. I can't even begin to tell you how good it was, I'm still dreaming about it this morning! Thanks so much!

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  36. This looks so refreshing & is right up my alley!!
    I have to make it this week!

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  37. Looks great Gina- going to try it this week!

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  38. Truly, truly fabulous. I was a bit skeptical about not needing extra dressing, but the veggies with the dressing tossed in was perfect. I was thinking about adding chickpeas next time for an extra bit of fiber (and because we love them in salad!) :) It was amazing with wonderful flavors and no guilt... a winner Gina. Thanks!

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  39. I made this earlier in the week since I was craving something Greek. Served the chicken with whole wheat pitas and the skinny tzatziki sauce, tomatoes and grilled onions. Absolutely delicious! Next day I had the leftovers as a salad with the sauce as the dressing. Love your site and recipes...thanks so much! Beth

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  40. Made this today with shrimp instead of chicken, it was DELISH!!! Thanks so much for all the time and effort you put into making "diet" food worth eating!

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  41. Just made this for dinner tonight...very light and delicious. I added some chopped mint (because I had it)but did not have fresh dill and had to substitute dried parsley. I served it with skinny tzatziki. I will definitely make this again!

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  42. How many point for just the chicken kabobs alone? Thanks.

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  43. This looks beautiful and really healthy, good for a stable diet and fitness!

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  44. I made this last night with the Skinny tzatziki, it was really good! Even my husband loved it - very filling. Thank you!

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  45. Love love loved this recipe, greetings from Mexico, we ate with flour tortillas :D

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    1. For us Mexicans Tortilla goes with everything! :)

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  46. I made this for dinner tonight - it was fantastic! Thank you for another great recipe.

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  47. Delicious as always Gina! Thanks for all your work keeping my family fed and healthy :)

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  48. This was AMAZING! I also made the Tzatkiki sauce which was so tasty!

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  49. I'm not a huge fan of bell pepper. Would leaving it out make a huge difference to the salad? And should I replace it with something like extra onion?

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  50. Davisgirlsmom4/3/12, 9:00 PM

    Made this tonight and it was delicious! I would not change a thing.

    Your recipes are wonderful. Thanks so much!

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  51. wow this was so yummy!! Made it with Tzatiki and because we had an unexpected snowy day I just cooked the chicken in the frying pan with no oil.

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  52. I made this Monday and it was really good! Even my 4 year old cleaned his plate. I used my George Foreman grill for the chicken and it came out great!

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  53. Absolutely delicious! Took me back to honeymoon in Greece last June! Added marinated artichokes and used kalamata olives instead of black olives. Great recipe I can't wait to make again!

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  54. Yum, Yum, Yum! I made this yesterday for dinner and it was wonderful. I can't wait to make this in the summer for dining on the deck! Thanks, Gina!

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    1. So funny, Amanda...I was thinking it would make a perfect summer lunch when having friends over!

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  55. Hi Gina... I plan on having this for lunch tomorrow. I am going to pre-mix the dressing but should I store it in the fridge or is it ok to leave it out? Thanks... Monica

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  56. I made this last night. It was amazing. The whole family loved it. My husband said he could eat it once a week. Thank you for the wonderful recipes.

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  57. I just made this for dinner. I wanted something lite and fresh. I definitely got what I wanted! It was so delicious, even my 3 year old son ate it and loved it. I LOVE LOVE this site for my meal ideas. :)

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  58. I made this the other night and we had it in a pita with the salad on the side. I made the Tzatziki too. Hubby loved it!!!!

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  59. Made this tonight for dinner and served it with pitas and Skinny Tzatziki. It was PERFECT for today's hot weather and everyone loved it. I didn't realize until I read the comments that you used white vinegar. I used a combination of red wine vinegar and white balsamic oregano vinegar. SOOOO yummy!!! It is incredible that something so light can pack such a flavor punch. Your site continues to amaze!!! Thanks so much for all you do, Gina!

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  60. Really love this recipe, thanks Gina! I even got my boyfriend to enjoy a salad for dinner (quite an accomplishment!).

    I ended up with more points + though. Did you calculate this using recipe builder or just track it as a meal? I used recipe builder, I'm guessing that's why I got more points?

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  61. I made this for dinner tonight.. quite possibly my favorite meal I've ever made! Amazing!! thank you!

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  62. Hi Gina I made this tonight and it was wonderful! Family loved it, as they always do when it comes to your recipes!! Thank you!

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  63. Made this again for the second time last night and loved it! One of our favorites! So refreshing and filling! Yum!

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  64. I've never commented before- but I must say this was AMAZING. I am 35 weeks preggo & have always been a WW. Skinnytaste has kept my weight gain to a minimum (20lbs so far) while letting me eat REAL yummy food. My husband already had me book mark recipes for after the baby comes so he can try his hand at making them for me!

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  65. We loved this Gina!! I shared and linked on my blog http://mommyimhungry.blogspot.com/2012/05/mediterranean-chicken-kebab-salad-with.html

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  66. Gina,
    I want to personally thank you for all your amazing recipes. We are now a skinny taste family. My 16 year old daughter has now lost 39 pounds, my husband 32 and me 14! We feel absolutely wonderful! I made this recipe last night for my nephew and his bride! They LOVED it and are new fans of your web site! This is one of our favorites, but everything is delicious. Thank you so much!!!!

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  67. I just made this tonight and it was AWESOME and huge hit with my whole family. I've never had such delicious grilled chicken that had so much flavor. Thanks for posting!

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  68. I served this to my family tonight and my two TEENAGE BOYS wolfed it down and then LICKED THEIR PLATES. Delish!!!

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  69. How would I make this into a gyro instead of a salad the marinade sounds very good...

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  70. I've made this at least 4 times now and it just keeps getting better! One of my favorite recipes of all time now! I just made the chicken/marinade and froze it for after my baby is born. Thank you for a great recipe!

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  71. I made this tonight and had it after my gym class, like everything else on your website it was AMAZING, I've only got about 7 lbs to lose but you are making it easy! I look forward to trying all your recipes, my husband and son are enjoying them as well and asking me to make them again and again, keep up the good work!

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  72. I'm marinating meat right now... i'm not going to grill it. how do you recommend I cook it?

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  73. I went to Greece almost 20 years ago, and one thing I found a most restaurants was a large slice of feta cheese (around 3"x3" and about a 1/2" thick) that was dipped and fried and came with fresh lemon wedges to squeeze over top. Your comment about the feta with lemon reminded me of that. I'm sure the fried block wasn't very healthy, but man was it good.

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  74. Gina, This was amazing. My husband was raving about it- so packed of flavor! There is not one recipe I have made that we didn't love. Thank you! :)

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