Mediterranean Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing

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Mediterranean Salad with a Creamy Balsamic Dressing – Full of greens, protein and flavor! Comes together super quickly and tastes so fresh and delicious. Plus it’s healthier than most restaurants, too!

During the summer, we love to make all types of fresh and flavorful salads. This Mediterranean Salad is one of our favorites, along with my easy BBQ chicken salad and sweet mandarin salad with oranges.

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Mediterranean Salad

One of my favorite salads to order when we lived in Ohio was from a cute little Greek restaurant downtown. It was called the ‘Mediterranean junk salad’ and was seriously amazing! I’ve been craving it the past couple of weeks ever since we moved to Oregon and decided to make my own version at home. The original has half chicken and half gyro meat, but I decided to do all chicken in mine to simplify it.

This Mediterranean salad is full of greens, protein and flavor! I love adding pita chips to the top to give it a little crunch. It comes together super quickly and tastes so fresh and delicious. Plus the homemade creamy balsamic dressing adds the perfect touch of sweetness. So easy, yummy and healthier than most restaurants, too! :)

mediterranean salad with creamy balsamic dressing

Creamy balsamic dressing

The creamy balsamic dressing is what makes this salad so delicious! It is one of my favorite salad dressings and pairs perfectly with this Mediterranean salad. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Combine the mayo, oil, vinegar, garlic and honey in a small bowl.
  2. Whisk until combined.
  3. Salt and pepper, to taste.

Quick tips about this Mediterranean salad recipe

  • Want to add more toppings? Try mixing in some olives, banana peppers or avocado. You could even add a dollop of hummus, tzatziki or dill dip.
  • To lighten up the creamy balsamic dressing, you can use Greek yogurt instead of mayo.
  • Although I love the homemade creamy balsamic dressing, you could use store bought too. Greek dressing or even oil and vinegar would be delicious also.
  • I cooked my chicken breast in the skillet, but you could easily grill or bake it if preferred.
  • Instead of adding chicken strips, you could add a Greek chicken burger as your protein. It would taste just as delicious!
  • Have leftovers? Try adding in some cooked pasta or quinoa to turn this Mediterranean salad recipe into a pasta salad.
  • I like to use romaine lettuce, but you could swap with spring mix, kale, spinach, arugula or whatever you have on hand.

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mediterranean salad recipe

Mediterranean Salad Recipe

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: creamy balsamic dressing, mediterranean salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 401 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

Mediterranean Salad with a Creamy Balsamic Dressing - Full of greens, protein and flavor! Comes together super quickly and tastes so fresh and delicious. Plus it's healthier than most restaurants, too! 

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Ingredients

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut in half horizontally)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 8 cups romaine lettuce (spinach or spring mix)
  • 2 tomatoes (sliced or diced)
  • 1 cucumber (chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (sliced or diced)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup mayo (or plain greek yogurt)
  • 2 Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt (or mayo)
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup (or honey)

S&P, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. 

  2. Place the chicken into the pan. Cook for 5-6 minutes per side, or until cooked through the center. 

  3. Once cooked, remove from the heat and slice into thin strips once slightly cooled.

  4. Combine the mayo, greek yogurt, oil, vinegar, Italian seasoning, garlic salt, and maple syrup in a small bowl. Whisk until combined. Salt and pepper, to taste. 

  5. Layer the lettuce in one large bowl, or 4 individual bowls. Top with chicken, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, feta and parsley. Drizzle over the dressing over the top of the salad and toss until combined.

Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 401 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 277mg 12%
Potassium 755mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 8g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 182.9%
Vitamin C 25.8%
Calcium 12.4%
Iron 12.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Enjoy!

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Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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15 comments on “Mediterranean Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing”

  1. I love Mediterranean flavors – this salad looks so light and fresh! Pinning for later :)

  2. Seriously so gorgeous! Love the flavors too!

  3. Totally pinning this one! I love a good Mediterranean salad!

  4. This looks packed full of flavor! Yum!

  5. great salad, thank you, but love these other links too, strawberry burrata a very creative set of flavors, glad it was linked here since I missed it

  6. what an absolutely gorgeous salad! It truly looks better than any restaurant salad, and like you said, I’m sure much better! So colorful – lovely!

  7. Such a gorgeous salad! Love the Mediterranean flavors!

  8. Perfect healthy and delicious lunch! And so pretty too!

  9. I can’t wait to try this!!

  10. I love salads with balsamic dressing! This is going into my regular rotation!

  11. This salad looks so good and that dressing!!!! YUM!

  12. YUM!!! I love this delicious version!!!

  13. It looks really flavorful! Would love to give it a try this weekend!

  14. This salad looks so refreshing and perfect for summer! I need it in my life!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

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