Thursday, July 9, 2009

Chicken Souvlaki Salad & Greek Spinach Bake...Foodie Friday...

Foodie Fridays hosted by Gollum is a fun way to share tried and true recipes. Thank you Gollum. For more recipes please visit HERE.

My daughter was having some sorority sisters come down to the beach to visit. Unfortunately, it has been raining alligators along with cats and dogs for the past two days. So we decided to make some Greek food instead of turning on the bbq in the rain.

My daughter made Chicken Souvlaki Salad last week and enjoyed the taste. She suggested it would be healthy for our diets and fast and easy to prepare to share with her girlfriends. It was also a big hit with her sorority sisters!

Chicken Souvlaki Salad

4 servings (serving size: 2 cups)

  • 2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic, divided
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 3 cups cubed peeled cucumber (about 3 cucumbers)
  • 1/2 cup vertically sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pitted kalamata olives
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 1 pound)
  • 1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 1/4 cup grated peeled cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat grill or broiler.

Combine 1 teaspoon garlic and the next 6 ingredients (1 teaspoon garlic through chicken breast) in a large zip-top plastic bag. Seal the bag and shake to coat. Remove chicken from the bag. Grill or broil chicken 5 minutes on each side or until done. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces.

Combine chicken, cubed cucumber, and the next 4 ingredients (cubed cucumber through tomatoes) in a large bowl. Combine yogurt and remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over chicken mixture; toss well.

I decided to bake Greek Spinach Bake to accompany the above recipe. This was my first attempt making this recipe and it was tasty and easy.

Greek Spinach Bake

2 cups (16 oz) 4% cottage cheese
1 (10 oz) package chopped spinach squeezed dry
8 oz crumble feta cheese
6 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs beaten

Combine cottage cheese, spinach and feta in a large bowl.
Stir flour, pepper, salt together in a separate bowl. Add to above.
Add beaten eggs and mix.

Grease a 9" square pan.
Pour into greased pan.
Bake 350 uncovered for 1 hour.
Greek for eat!

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  1. I adore Greek food, and this looks postively divine! And I love anything that is good and cuts calories. That's a great duo!

    Happy Foodie Friday...


    Sheila :-)

  2. I think hubby and I would love these recipes. Thanks so much.

  3. This looks yummy.I copied and will give it a try!

  4. I have just bookmarked both of these AWESOME recipes to make asap! They both sound incredible! That spinach... I am drooling!

  5. You definitely have me with the chicken salad - it looks so delicious!!!

  6. Hi Joyce, I love the imagery of raining alligators. I wonder what type of umbrella you would need for that! I love Greek food; it is a lot less fussy that the cuisine of some other nationalities and has a wonderful fresh, clean taste.

  7. Hi Joyce,

    The chicken salad and Green spinach look delicious. What is soulakvi?

  8. Oh, Joyce! My mouth is watering! Both of these recipes sound and look so good! I've decided, you must be Greek! And you're so funny too! LOL
    Love it!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  9. Omit the chicken and I am there .. looks yummmy

  10. Joyce - The Spinach Bake sounds wonderful. I love it raw or cooked. Thanks for following my blog. I added you to my list.


  11. These look absolutely delicious. They both seem to be dishes that we would enjoy. I hope you will join with me in August when I begin hosting Crock Pot Wednesdays on August 5 at Thanks again for visiting my blog and for sharing.

  12. I love Chicken Souvlaki, what a great idea to make it into a salad. Perfect for summer and you save the carbs of the pita!

  13. I am for sure going to try the spinach bake...I just love spinach, so this is a have to try. Thanks

  14. Both these dishes sound wonderful. I love Greek food so these recipes have my name written on them. Thanks for sharing them with us. Have a wonderful day.

  15. My mouth is watering, they both look like such wonderful recipes!
    I haven't eaten many Greek recipes and these are so tempting to try. Thanks for your visit and thanks for sharing!


  16. I will try both of these recipes. The spinach recipe reminds me of spinach cheese dumplings that I used to make, but then lost the recipe.

  17. Oh my gosh, your Greek dinner looks fantastic. I've put the ingredients for the Spinach Bake on my grocery list. Can't wait to try it.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for leaving a comment. Hope you come back again soon.

  18. Now that looks like some good cooking!I thought maybe it was going to be Alligator Souvlaki Salad because of all that rain. It was cute about the "VunderVants"..aren't you the brave soul?

  19. I love Feta and combined with spinach it is wonderful!
    Hope the "sisters" had a good time.
    I am a D.Z.
    The weather today was fabulous..I hope it comes your way, or maybe we got it after you?

  20. Your chicken salad sounds just delish ... I wish we could just blink and it would show up at our doorsrep! Can you imagine,I'd weigh a thousand pounds!!!! Love your foodie blog, especially enjoyed your 4th photos... Loved the little ones! xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North...

  21. We love greek food! This all looks wonderful -- thanks for sharing.

  22. The chicken salad looks good, I think I'll try it soon. In answer to your honey question, yes raw local honey can help some people with certain allergies. If your allergic to plants that the bees do not collect pollen from it probably won't help. If nothing else a spoon full of honey a day can't hurt unless your diabetic. Jim B. The Beekeeper.

  23. I love Greek food, this looks so good!

  24. I LoVe Greek food! I will definitely be making this over the weekend! Looks absolutely delicious!

  25. Your Greek recipes sound delicious. I'll try the one with the shorter list of ingredients first because you know... I'm lazy! Isn't it fun to have the sorority sisters return? They've all turned into lovely, smart young women and the conversation picks up right where they left off in college. We had slumber parties here before my daughter's wedding and baby shower; the girls helped and had a ball. Hope your potty training is going well; you made me realize that I have that to look forward to very soon:-)

  26. My mouth is watering! Looks delicious, thanks for sharing the recipes.

  27. Both of those recipes look so delicious. I want to try the second one for sure.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. And, yes, Annette Funicello was who I meant. :)

  28. You always make me hungry...these look amazing and i just ate dinner...i will try both of these soon! your blog!

  29. Looks delicious. That has to be just a great dish for summer!

  30. Your salad sounds good, but I would have to leave out the tomato, I'm allergic. I really like tomatoes but they don't like me! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving the nice comments. Have a great day....

  31. YUMMMM! How delicious - and healthy! We make Greek salad almost every week, and I know my family would just love this. And I really enjoyed your photos from July 4th!

  32. I love Greek food and will definitely try this- thanks!


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