Thursday, 10 January 2013

Greek Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken

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I made a Greek pasta salad with grilled chicken the other night for dinner and thought you might like to try this recipe with your family.  It's classic Greek ingredients - tomato, cucumber, olives, red onion and feta cheese with whole wheat pasta, grilled chicken, and a homemade vinaigrette dressing.

I actually prefer this salad cold, but you can eat it warm also. I used penne pasta, but sometimes I use spirals.  For busy weeknights, I like meals like this that I can just throw together.  Of course, it's nice to have left-overs for lunch later in the week too.

Ingredients (Salad)
Serves about 6

Tomato- 3 small diced
Cucumber- 1 large diced
Olives- 1/4 cup sliced
Red onion- 1/2 cup
Feta cheese- 3/4 cup crumbled
Whole wheat pasta- about 2 cups cooked
Grilled chicken- about 4 large boneless, skinless breasts
(fresh basil would be good in this salad but I didn't have any on hand)

Ingredients (Vinaigrette)

Whole Grain Mustard- 3-4 teaspoons
White wine vinegar- 1/8 cup
Dried basil- 1 teaspoon
Salt- dash
Pepper- dash
Olive oil-1/4 cup

  • Combine all the ingredients together except the olive oil and stir.  Then whisk in the olive oil.  
  • You can adjust the ingredients depending on your taste preferences.


  • Boil the pasta according to package directions.
  • Spray a grill pan with cooking spray and cook the chicken until done.  Then cut into cubes.
  • Add the diced tomato, cucumber, olives, onion, and cheese with the pasta and chicken.
  • Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss it all together. 

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