Is it too late for me to start working on getting a bikini bod in time for summer? Yes? Probably? But I mean I have this Easy Greek Tzatziki Chicken Salad, and that has to count for something. You see, this spin on chicken salad fulfills some pretty difficult criteria: it’s healthy, it’s simple, and it tastes soooooo good.
Before you yell BURN THE WITCH! allow me to explain how this magical recipe came to be.
One day, my good friend (who would prefer not to be named in order to protect himself from scrutiny) stopped by with his Wawa chicken salad hoagie and I watched him literally lick up huge blobs of mayo that had oozed out of his sandwich. Like any normal human being, I had an immediate gagging reaction. Plain mayo gives me chills– the bad kind.
“Oh come on, don’t you have a condiment that you would think about eating off of the floor if no one was watching?” First of all, no! Second of all, wait… maybe.
Honestly, I really love tzatziki sauce. And hot sauce, but that’s not the point of this post. Tzatziki, with its garlicky, herby, tangy amazingness, is forever welcome in my home, be it on a sandwich, in a salad, or on the floor. My love for tzatziki is not limited by my desire to not be disgusting.
I think I may be exaggerating, but who really knows at this point.
Anyway, that revelation got the gears turning– chicken salad, tzatziki, ooh Greek food, let’s add some olives, mmm feta cheese– and I wound up making this Greek Tzatziki Chicken Salad the very next day.
Did I mention, by the way, that tzatziki is a great healthy alternative to mayo? Because that was was I was trying to get at. Tzatziki is made of greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, cucumber, herbs, and a pinch of salt. That all adds up to less than 10% of the calories by weight than mayo, and 10 times the protein. It was a wonderful way to make me feel better about the massive amounts of Mac & Cheese I devoured last week.
To keep things quick and easy (and most importantly, to prevent having to heat up the oven on a very hot day), I decided to use rotisserie chicken. However, shredded chicken or leftover chicken will work well if you’d prefer. Whatever it takes to get this in your belly ASAP.
- 3/4 cup reduced fat greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium cucumber, chopped
- 4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
- 6 cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped
- 3 oz feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
- 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
- Kosher salt, to taste
- 6 pitas, for serving
- In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the pitas and mix well. Chill until ready to serve, at least 30 minutes.
- Serve on pita bread.