Thursday, July 12, 2007

Herbed Greek Chicken Salad

This was last nights dinner and it was very YUM! The yogurt dressing has a beautiful cool taste and it's great for a hot day. We served the salad with a side of one small whole wheat pita, toasted, and topped it with our favorite spinach & artichoke Basha hummus. This is a wonderful light meal that is also very filling. It could be a lunch or dinner! Enjoy!

1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
Cooking spray
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
5 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided
1 cup plain fat-free yogurt
2 teaspoons tahini (sesame-seed paste) - You can find this at the grocery store or natural food store in or near the peanut butter section.
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 cup peeled chopped English cucumber
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
6 pitted kalamata olives, halved (optional)
1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled feta cheese

Combine oregano, garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken and spice mixture; sauté until chicken is done. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon juice; stir. Remove from pan.
Combine remaining 2 teaspoons juice, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, yogurt, tahini, and garlic in a small bowl; stir well. Combine lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, and olives. Place 2 1/2 cups of lettuce mixture on each of 4 plates. Top each serving with 1/2 cup chicken mixture and 1 tablespoon cheese. Drizzle each serving with 3 tablespoons yogurt mixture.


4 servings

Nutritional Information
CALORIES 243(29% from fat); FAT 7.7g (sat 2.3g,mono 2.9g,poly 1.6g); PROTEIN 29.7g; CHOLESTEROL 70mg; CALCIUM 216mg; SODIUM 578mg; FIBER 3.5g; IRON 2.5mg; CARBOHYDRATE 13.4g

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