Spring’s coming – let’s lighten things up with an easy paleo recipe for a flavor-packed Greek salad filled with earthy goodness and hearty protein.
On a recent trip to the grocery store I was surprised to find colorful mountains of early spring veggies in the produce section – all the inspiration I needed to raid the overflowing bins for everything to make a fresh salad.
I decided on a Greek salad – I just love crunchy veggies paired with a little saltiness from the olives and artichokes. And why not add some juicy grilled chicken?
There’s a restaurant close to our home with a wonderful Greek chicken salad on the menu. It’s always crispy with a nice tang to the lemon vinaigrette. Sometimes hubby and I grab that one and take a seat on the restaurant’s sidewalk tables – it would be nice if we were looking out over the Aegean Sea instead of a parking lot, but it’s still a great Greek salad.
I wanted the same flavors for my homemade version, but it needed a bit of Italy thrown in – just a splash of balsamic vinegar to soften the lemon in the dressing. I have to say the dressing was perfect for this salad. It’s very light, sunny and bright – a really nice way to enhance the natural flavors of the vegetables.
And yes, there are a ton of veggies in this paleo dish…that’s just how I roll. I know when you tell some people you’re paleo they think you’ve turned into some kind of ravenous carnivore not to be trusted around small pets. Not true with most paleo peeps I know – they make sure to get healthy servings of veggies with just about every meal and that’s the way it should be.
That said, there is some juicy hot-off-the-grill marinated chicken in this salad for protein (instructions for oven baking yours is below too). I also tossed in some fresh omega-3 rich avocado which is not usually in a traditional Greek salad. But since I’m dairy-free, a little avocado is a great substitute for cheese and adds a little extra creaminess to the salad.
Chopped and beautiful, this Greek salad is easy on the eyes and easy to eat. In fact, you might want to keep this one in mind for entertaining or bringing to a party this summer – your friends will love it!
So get busy chopping and dig in! Like all Paleo Newbie recipes, there’s a ton of fresh flavor in this one. Enjoy!