Copy Cat Lemon Chicken Greek Salad

When we lived in Arizona, a favorite restaurant of ours was Pat & Oscar's. They had an amazing Lemon Chicken Greek Salad that I have never, until this week, tried to duplicate. Recently, we had dinner with some friends at Jason's Deli. One of the ladies had created a masterpiece of a salad that included beets. This sparked a discussion on the beautiful root vegetable that brought to mind this favorite salad from my past. Here is my copycat version of Pat & Oscar's Lemon Chicken Greek Salad.
Lemon Chicken Greek Salad
The Lemon Chicken has the perfect amount of tang with just a few ingredients. The Greek Salad would make the perfect side to just about any main dish. The sweet beets with the crunchy cucumbers are amazing together. And the dressing? Well, it is the proverbial glue that holds together this amazing salad. I hope you enjoy this delicious and healthy recipe as much as I do!
Lemon Chicken Greek Salad

Lemon Chicken Greek Salad

Grilled Lemon Chicken

zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup Italian dressing
seasoned salt and pepper
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Sprinkle chicken breasts with seasoned salt and pepper. In gallon-size ziplock bag, place lemon zest, juice and Italian dressing. Add the chicken and marinate for 1 hour. Preheat grill for high heat. Lightly oil grate. Discard marinade and cook chicken breasts about 6-8 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear. (I like to filet the breasts for faster and more even cooking.)

Greek Dressing

1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1 tsp. salt
1-2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 cup olive oil

In mason jar, combine all ingredients except oil. Secure lid and shake vigorously. Add in the oil, replace lid and shake again to combine.

Salad

2-3 Romaine Hearts, chopped
1-2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
1/2 English cucumber, sliced
3-4 green onions, sliced (or 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced)
8 ounces feta cheese
2-3 steamed beets, sliced (I got mine at Trader Joe's, but canned would probably work too.)
pitted kalamata olives (optional)

Combine all ingredients for the salad and mix with the Greek dressing. Top with sliced Lemon Chicken and more feta cheese.
Lemon Chicken Greek Salad
The only thing this salad was missing, besides the restaurant atmosphere, old friends and the fun memories, was the delicious breadsticks the restaurant staff would hand out to customers in line waiting to order. Thankfully, the salad was served with a couple of those delicious, out-of-this-world breadsticks too. I'm so happy to have this flavorful recipe in my arsenal now. Now, if I could just figure out how they made the breadsticks...

I was excited when I saw that Trader Joe's had beets in their produce area. Now, I can add them to all my salads! Have you ever put beets in your salad? I dare you to try!
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14 comments:

  1. Oh, so yummy!! I'm so glad you copied this delicious salad recipe, I will pin it! xx

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  2. My youngest daughter LOVES salads and I think she'll really like this one. Pinning.

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  3. Oh, yum. Can't wait to try this out!

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  4. Oh, yummy! This looks sooo delicious! I am a huge fan of Greek salad!

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  5. I love chicken salads so this looks like a keeper for sure. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    My Say G'Day Saturday linky party has started up again after a long break and this recipe would be a perfect addition to this week's party. Please pop by if you have a minute and say g'day!

    Best wishes for a great weekend,
    Natasha in Oz

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  6. I'm a huger fans of greek salad and also lemon chicken!!!
    never even thought to combine that, sounds a hips dish....

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  7. This looks so good. I pinned it to my Soup & Salad board.
    Would love it if you'd come by and share it on my blog hops this week. We have a FB post boosting party today and then Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop on Wednesday. :)

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  8. Bummer, I just did a search to find this restaurant, and it is closed....:( I definitely want to try your copy-cat version of this salad, though. It sounds delicious!

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  9. Your salad looks amazing and I think I will have to try it this week!

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  10. Oh I love Pat and Oscars! I'm from San Diego, so I've been lots of times! Thanks for the share!

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  11. This looks delish!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  12. Oh, how I love a good Greek salad! And this one looks amazing. Thank you so much for sharing at our link it or lump it party!

    Amy @ http://www.delineateyourdwelling.com

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  13. Nici, this looks so good. I have been in a salad rut, so I was excited to see this on the Romantic Home Link Party, thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. This salad looks so good, Nici. I just love a salad like this for lunch, yum! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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