This easy low calorie Greek chicken salad is saving my life right now. I’m what they call a “grazer”. I graze my way through the day and rarely sit down to eat a full meal (except at dinner). Teaching leaves you with little time to eat, pee, and basically do any other personal task while at work throughout the day so you acquire a rather odd skill set in this career. I could literally eat a massive meal in under 5 minutes. Healthy, I know right? So, meal prepping during the week and having healthy choices to graze on are just some of the tricks I use to manage being on a successful low carb diet. Also, meal prep saves you from a case of the exhausted Monday’s (the day after Sunday where an adult returns to work and doesn’t feel like making dinner). Check out this awesome low-calorie Greek Chicken Salad recipe that is a great portable lunch for a week day, perfect for randomly scarfing down between class periods, and even works for a quick dinner any night of the week!
Make the Tzatziki:
Skip the mayo (unless you are dairy free…then I suggest adding an avocado based mayonnaise that avoids a lot of processed oils) and head straight to the Greek yogurt. A quick and easy Tzatziki brings this easy low calorie Greek chicken salad up a notch. I grate my seedless cucumber over a thin cloth or a few layered paper towels. Some people will suggest salting it and letting it soak. I however, am impatient and I find that just ringing the heck out of the cloth works just fine. Add the cucumber to the yogurt, add salt and pepper. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice, mince a few cloves of garlic, and sprinkle with a hearty helping of fresh dill. Tzatziki sauce in under 5 minutes. Your welcome….
For the Salad:
The salad pictured had leftover grilled chicken but you can use any kind of chicken. If you’re in a hurry a rotisserie chicken or even canned will work in a pinch! I diced up the chicken, added some red onions and diced celery for a bit of a crunch. If you want a little more protein, toss in some rinsed and roughly chopped chickpeas. Add a bit of fresh cucumber or even a few kalamata olives for a unique Greek flavor. Take the tzatziki and use this instead of mayo for a lower calorie style chicken salad. Garnish with a bit of fresh parsley or a few squeezes of lemon juice. I store mine in individual containers so I can easily grab and take it to go! Full recipe posted below! Happy grazing, friends.
Easy Low-Calorie Greek Chicken SaladPrint Recipe
- 1/2 Cup, Greek Yogurt
- 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
- Salt & pepper
- 1/2 Cucumber, Shredded
- 2-3 Tbsp. Fresh Dill
- 1-2 Garlic gloves, minced
- 2 cups, Chicken (grilled, poached, rotisserie, or canned all work)
- 2 Celery stalks, Diced small
- 1/3 Red Onion, Diced small
- 1/3 cup, Chickpeas, rinsed and roughly chopped
- 1/2 cucumber, diced
- 1/4 cup, Kalamata olives
To make the tzatziki, start by shredding half a cucumber over paper towels or a thin cheese cloth. Wring the moisture out of the cucumber as much as possible.
Mince the garlic and the fresh dill.
In a bowl, combine the yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic, and dill. Set aside or make ahead of time and refrigerate.
Dice or shred your chicken.
Dice the celery and onion. Chop the cucumber and chickpeas.
Add in the kalamata olives (pitted).
Fold in the Tzatziki sauce and stir until everything is coated and combined. Serve with pita bread, in a wrap, or on a bed of lettuce!