Nothing makes me feel like I’ve done something good for myself like eating a salad. But the fact is, nothing beats one that someone else has prepared and placed in front of me, as a good salad can be somewhat labor intensive to put together. For me to fit one in as a weeknight meal is really saying something….it HAS to taste awesome. I actually chopped the vegetables in preparation for this post with my 11 month old standing on my feet. No kitchen gadget or utensil I handed down to him was going to buy me the 10 more minutes I needed to get dinner on the table. You know what? It was worth it.
One of my go-to’s is the Greek chopped salad from Eatingwell.com. I was first drawn to this recipe because a chopped salad just rocks. I love getting a little of everything in each bite. And after making this for the first time, I had to credit it for two things:
1. I had no idea that I DO like feta cheese. I think I figured crumbly cheese = bad cheese. Because I can say with certainty that I DO NOT like blue cheese.
2. Making your own salad dressing is absolutely no big deal and completely worth it.
I find that I can adapt this salad pretty easily for my kids too. They are at that stage where everything tastes better separated into the little compartments of a divided plate. So before tossing everything together with dressing, I set aside some chicken, tomatoes, and cucumbers and then (usually) everyone is happy. Enjoy!
- ⅓ cup red-wine vinegar
- 2 T extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 t. dried oregano
- 1 t. garlic powder
- ¼ t. salt
- ¼ t. pepper
- 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
- 2½ cups chopped cooked chicken
- 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 1 medium cucumber, chopped
- ½ cup finely chopped red onion
- ½ cup sliced black olives
- ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
- Whisk first 6 ingredients together for dressing.
- Pour over remaining ingredients and toss.