Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mediterranean Chicken Salad

I love cooking once, but getting more than one meal out of the deal. Which is usually the case, when I cook chicken. Whether it's chicken breasts, or a whole chicken, I gladly welcome leftovers. I love creating a second meal with leftover chicken, because the possibilities are endless. Since the weather getting warmer, I decided to transform some of our leftover Chicken Scallopini, into chicken salad. Since the chicken had a nice lemon flavour, I decided to add in some chopped zucchini for crunch. That then lead me to add seasoned kalamata olives and crumbled feta, which I had purchased in the deli section of our grocery store.

The flavours melded together nicely and I loved this new twist on chicken salad. It was tart, fresh and slightly salty. I loved the fresh crunch of the zucchini and the light tart brightness of the lemon. Hubby also really loved the chicken salad and we both wished we had more leftover chicken, to make a bigger amount. We opted for sandwiches, but this would also be delicious on a nice bed of fresh crisp greens.

Mediterranean Chicken Salad
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1 large chicken breast, cooked and chopped
1/2 zucchini, finely chopped
sea salt
1/4 C kalamata olives
2 Tbs crumbled feta cheese
1/4 C mayonnaise
juice and zest of half a lemon
fresh ground pepper

In a fine mesh sieve toss the zucchini with some sea salt and let stand over a bowl for 30 minutes. Rinse zucchini with water and pat dry with a paper towel; to remove the water. (do not skip this step, or your chicken salad will be very watery)

In a bowl, combine the chicken, zucchini, olives, feta, lemon juice and zest, mayonnaise and pepper. Mix well to combine; adding more mayonnaise to taste, if desired.

Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour, before serving, to let the flavours combine. Serve on your favourite sandwich bread with lettuce, or on a bed of fresh crisp greens.

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mail4rosey said...

Perfect for a light summer dinner!!

I'm visiting today from Thursday's Favorite Things. :)

Michelle said...

I like your spin on chicken salad--lighter and more refreshing with the lemon than the usual. Also like the idea of zucchini for texture. Nice!

Thanks for linking, Cindy.

Miz Helen said...

What a great Chicken Salad, I love the flavors. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous weekend.
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Miz Helen