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
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.)
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.
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.
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!