Homemade Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki

Homemade Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki is light and fresh and packed with bold Greek flavors.  This gyro is perfect for a delicious lunch, or a healthy dinner that everyone will go crazy over!

For an amazing slow cooker version of this gyro try Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki.  It is an easy to make chicken gyro recipe that only takes a few minutes to throw into the slow cooker!

Homemade chicken gyro with tzatziki wrapped up in parchment paper.

Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki

Homemade Gyros are light and delicious and packed with amazing greek flavor!  Marinated chicken is sliced and layered with fresh fruits, crumbled cheese, and made from scratch tzatziki sauce.  The layers of flavor in the filling are so good together you will be obsessed with them!  Wrap everything up in a pita for a soft bite you will crave more of all day.

This recipe is so easy to follow and makes a gyro that is better than anything you could buy.  The marinated chicken is tender and juicy and the tzatziki sauce has the perfect tanginess.  All the Mediterranean flavors come alive without being too heavy.  Chicken gyros will be a huge hit every time you make them!

What is a Chicken Gyro Made of?

Fresh, healthy ingredients come together perfectly for a great taste of the Mediterranean in this Chicken Gyro.  The flavorful tzatziki sauce is drizzled throughout the combination of cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, and marinated chicken.  This gyro is better than any you have ever had before!

  • Chicken breasts: Marinate at least 30 minutes, then slice.
  • Chicken Marinade: To tenderize the chicken and create juicy flavorful meat.
  • Pita Flat-breads: Soft and fluffy bread to hold everything together
  • Cucumber: Peel and slice then dry completely before adding them in.
  • Cherry tomatoes: Diced pieces of these sweet and juicy tomatoes are the perfect snappy bite.
  • Red onion: Add in sweet onion flavor.
  • Crumbled feta cheese: This salty and tangy cheese creates creamy pockets of bold flavor.
  • Tzatziki sauceYogurt based sauce bursting with light and refreshing cucumber, dill, and garlic flavors.

How to Make Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce:

This chicken gyro recipe makes a filling meal that your whole family will love, and it all comes together so fast!  Marinate the chicken first for about 30 minutes, then grill and slice.  Load all the toppings you love into the pita and you have an incredible and healthy meal everyone will devour!

  1. To make the chicken: Marinate the chicken for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to medium-high. Now, cook chicken on each side for 5-7 minutes or until no longer pink. Now, slice the chicken into strips.
  2. To assemble the gyros: Place a pita flatbread on the bottom. Next, add the chicken, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and feta. To finish it off, drizzle tzatziki sauce on top.

How to make chicken gyro with tzatziki meal.

Can I Make Gyros Ahead of Time?

Yes! To get a head start on these Chicken Gyros, you can prep ingredients ahead of time, but store them separately until you are ready to serve them.  Putting them together at the last minute will keep everything crispy and vibrant.

  • Tzatziki sauce: Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Marinated chicken: Marinated chicken will last in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or the freezer for up to 6 months.

Variations of Homemade Chicken Gyros:

These Chicken Gyros are perfect for entertaining because you can prepare everything ahead of time and set it out for each person to prepare their gyro just how they like them.  Also try these additional ideas your guests may enjoy.

  • Wrap: For a pita replacement, try Naan bread, a whole wheat pita, or flatbread.
  • Pita: Warm up the pita in the microwave or toaster oven before serving.
  • Serve with: To keep this a light fresh meal serve a Greek salad on the side.
  • Extra toppings: Bell peppers, avocado, olives all make great additions to this gyro.

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Homemade Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki

Homemade Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki is light and fresh and packed with bold Greek flavors.  This gyro is perfect for a delicious lunch, or a healthy dinner that everyone will go crazy over!
Course Dinner, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Greek
Keyword chicken gyro, chicken gyro with tzatziki, homemade chicken gyro, tzatziki sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 Gyros
Calories 312kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

Instructions

To Make the Chicken:

  • Marinate the chicken for 30 minutes. Preheat grill to medium high. Grill on each side for 5-7 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Slice the chicken into strips.

To Assemble the Gyros:

Nutrition

Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 559mg | Potassium: 660mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 258IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 1mg

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Tzatziki Sauce is a Greek inspired, yogurt-based sauce you and your family will go crazy over.  It is creamy and bursting with light and refreshing cucumber, dill, and garlic flavors that will make this a Mediterranean inspired favorite this summer!

Homemade dips and sauces that are loaded with fresh ingredients you love are a must in any great kitchen.  So, also try my recipes for The Best Hummus I Have Ever Had and Basil Pesto.

Dipping a chip in Tzatziki sauce.

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Tzatziki Sauce is an amazing Mediterranean recipe that is super versatile and delicious!  It is pronounced “tsah-see-key.”  Although it may be hard to say, it is not hard at all to make or to devour!  It is a perfect creamy sauce that livens up a sandwich or veggie tray and adds a cool, fresh, and tangy zing to any grilled meat or fish.

When trying to eat healthy, adding an intense and inspired sauce like this Tzatziki sauce to the healthy fresh foods your body needs makes every meal so much more satisfying!  Dip your raw veggies in this sauce for a perfect afternoon snack, or smother your grilled chicken in it.  This sauce will take any healthy meal and liven it up to one you look forward to eating.  It is a must memorize recipe, especially for those who are looking for clean and healthy eating options, so bookmark this page because you will be coming back to it many times!

What’s in Tzatziki Sauce?

Tzatziki sauce is made of perfectly balanced mild and bold flavors that compliment any dish.  Made from a tangy Greek yogurt base, this creamy sauce has acidic vinegar and bitter oregano, but also has bright flavors from fresh cucumber and lemon juice.  The garlic and dill add in earthy spice to round out the ingredients.  Tzatziki sauce is one you will find yourself craving often!

  • Greek yogurt: Use plain Greek yogurt to add creamy texture.
  • Cucumber: Finely grated and dried.
  • Garlic: 2-3 cloves minced is what I recommend, but it is a pretty strong amount, so start with a little less if you aren’t a garlic lover.
  • White wine vinegar: This acidic ingredient is slightly more mild than other vinegar varieties.
  • Dried dill weed: Mild fresh herb taste.
  • Dried oregano leaves: Earthy, slightly bitter flavor.
  • Salt and pepper: To taste.
  • Lemon Juice: Squeeze on top of the mixed dip.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil: Drizzle on top.

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce:

This dip comes together so quickly and easily. Once you have made it a couple of times, you will have it mostly memorized! It is a must make recipe that you will find yourself making more and more because it is so versatile and complements anything you pair it with.

  1. Combine ingredients: In a medium bowl combine greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, white wine vinegar, dried dill week, dried oregano.
  2. Salt and pepper: Add salt and pepper to taste, squeeze lemon juice, and drizzle olive oil on top.
  3. Refrigerate: Chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator to let the flavors blend.
  4. Serve!

Ingredients for Tzatziki sauce in a clear bowl.

Tips for the Best Sauce:

Preparing great homemade sauces is the secret to making family favorite meals again and again. Here are a few pro tips to make this one of the best sauces you have served.

  • Properly drain the cucumber: To best remove excess moisture from the cucumber, shred it first, then squeeze out the water in a paper towel.
  • Mint: Add a bit of mint for an even more fresh and dynamic flavor.
  • Chill: Allow this dip to chill for at least 30 minutes before serving to enhance the blend of flavors.

What to Serve with Tzatziki Sauce:

This sauce is so delicious by itself and when added to any appetizer, snack or meal, it is even more perfect!  These are some tried and true ways to serve this super easy sauce.

  • Raw vegetables: Carrots, celery, broccoli, and grape tomatoes are fantastic, but really this sauce will brighten up any veggie you have.
  • Pita or Naan Bread: If you are using Tzatziki as a dip try dunking pita bread in it for a chewy and satisfying snack.
  • Grilled Meat: The cool, dill flavors really cool down a spicy meat or liven up a more mildly flavored meat.  Either way it is the perfect balancing sauce to bring harmony to your meal. Try my Grilled Steak recipe for a great meal!
  • Gyros or any sandwich or wrap: The creamy texture of this sauce is perfect to add moisture and tangy flavor to any sandwich or wrap.

How Long does Homemade Tzatziki Sauce Last?

Store your made from scratch favorite sauce in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.  If tightly sealed and kept cool consistently, this amazing sauce will last for up to 4 days.  You can also freeze it, but the texture may change a bit due to the yogurt base, making it less creamy.

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Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki Sauce is a Greek inspired, yogurt-based sauce you and your family will go crazy over.  It is creamy and bursting with light and refreshing cucumber, dill, and garlic flavors that will make this a Mediterranean inspired favorite this summer!
Course Appetizer, Dressing, Sauce, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword tzatziki, tzatziki sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 Tablespoons
Calories 190kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cucumber finely grated
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Juice of 1/2 medium lemon
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl combine greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, white wine vinegar, dried dill week, dried oregano. Salt and pepper to taste and add lemon juice and drizzle olive oil on top. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to let the flavors blend. Serve with fresh vegetables and pita bread.

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 282mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 250mg | Iron: 1mg

 

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad is made with layers of fresh tomato slices, basil, and mozzarella cheese, then drizzled with balsamic glaze and topped with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.  It is the perfect summer meal that you will crave all year!

Tomato and mozzarella appetizers start your menu off with great color and flavors, so try Easiest Bruschetta Recipe or Italian Avocado Cucumber Salad.  These fresh and colorful apps are great for entertaining or for a typical Tuesday.

Caprese Salad on a white plate.

Caprese Salad Recipe

Summertime is one of my very favorite seasons! Being outside and seeing the bright colors makes me happy. I seem to crave lighter meals during this time of year and love this caprese salad recipe. Fresh fruits and vegetables become my go-to snacks and adding them to each meal makes it even better. Tomatoes are rich in flavor but have a light and airy taste to them. The fresh flavors in this salad come alive and make the perfect combination!

Tomatoes and mozzarella are the two main ingredients. The sweet and colorful tomatoes were so juicy and soaked in the balsamic glaze. The mozzarella’s soft, creamy texture was perfect! The basil and coarse salt gave just the right Italian spices that are original to this salad.  Don’t overlook this salad, it may be simple to make, but it is so impressive and beautiful on the plate. This caprese salad is my first choice for a fantastic summer salad for sure!

Where did Caprese Salad Come From?

The name literally means “salad of Capri” due to its original home on the island of Capri.  It is pronounced “Cuh-prey-zey.” There is not a real reason behind it but a few myths that formed around fresh tomatoes and a type of cheese with a sweet basil leaf over top. It is popular in Italy and one of the most famous salads there.

What’s in a Fresh Caprese Salad?

Whenever I am at the farmers market in the summer and I see all the fresh tomatoes I get so excited to create this colorful salad.  This ingredient list is so short I have it memorized.  It is really such a simple list of ingredients that picking quality is vital! It will make all the difference to have fresh from the garden or farm ingredients.

  • Tomatoes: I love to use ripe summer tomatoes from my garden or the local farmers market.
  • Mozzarella: Slice and layer with tomatoes. If you can’t find fresh mozzarella look for burrata or bocconcini before opting for the packed version that has been wrapped and water soaked and will be rubbery and won’t absorb the oils and flavors as well.
  • Olive Oil: Extra virgin olive oil is the best for this salad.
  • Balsamic Glaze: Drizzle on top of the layers of mozzarella and tomatoes.
  • Sea Salt and Pepper: To taste.  My opinion is you must use a coarse salt and a freshly ground black pepper.
  • Basil: Fresh will give you the most vibrant flavor!

How to Prepare a Italian Caprese Salad:

To make this fresh and satisfying summer salad, you will just need to slice the ingredients, layer them, and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze.  It will be ready in a flash and gone just as quickly because this caprese salad is unbelievably good!

  1. Slice tomatoes: Cut as evenly as possible into ¼ inch thick slices.
  2. Slice cheese: Use a cheese cutter to slice cheese into ¼ inch pieces.
  3. Layer: Place tomatoes and cheese on a plate in layers.
  4. Drizzle: Top with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic glaze.   Then sprinkle with flaked sea salt, pepper and fresh basil.

The Recipe Critic Pro Tip:

To create a professional looking display use a serrated knife to cut easily through the tomato and make clean even slices.  Also, make sure to match your tomato size to the size slice of cheese for the best looking presentation.

Ingredients for Caprese salad.

 

What do I Serve with an Italian Salad:

This easy fresh salad has sweet and fresh flavors that pair very well with savory sidekicks.  Add meat or bread to make this amazing appetizer into a complete meal.

  • Cured meat slices
  • Flank steak
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Toast
  • Salad

Salad Variations:

I love the original layered and drizzled version of this salad.  It presents so beautifully.  The red and white colors are even a bit patriotic if you ask me.  Here are some great ideas to take this salad to the next level.  I guarantee you will be craving these fresh flavors and making this salad a ton!  So, you may want a few variations to keep it interesting! 🙂

  • Chopped salad: Chop all the ingredients and toss with vinaigrette instead of layering.
  • SkewersStack grape or cherry tomatoes and mini mozzarella balls then drizzle with balsamic.

Storing Tomato and Mozzarella Salad:

The fresh from the garden flavors are clearly going to be most vibrant and bold if served immediately.  However, that is not always possible.  Sometimes, making a salad ahead can be a lifesaver and this salad can be made ahead.  I recommend storing the ingredients separately and layering and plating at the last second. To store, you will need to cover tightly in a container, aluminum foil or plastic wrap and then follow the freshness timelines below:

  • Sliced Tomatoes: 3-4 days refrigerated 2 months freezer.
  • Freezing tomatoes: Although they will last for 2 months in the freezer, I don’t recommend using frozen tomatoes for this salad because they will become mushy when you thaw them. If you plan to use them in a sauce or cooked meal it would be different, but for this salad, frozen tomatoes just won’t do.
  • Mozzarella: Refrigerate 1-2 weeks, Freeze up to 6 months.
  • Storing tip: When storing mozzarella wrap the cheese in wax or parchment paper before you cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

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Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad is made with layers of fresh tomato slices, basil, and mozzarella cheese, then drizzled with balsamic glaze and topped with a sprinkle of salt and pepper.  It is the perfect summer meal that you will crave all year!
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Italian, Italian American
Keyword caprese salad, caprese salad recipes, salad caprese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 People
Calories 742kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 4 medium ripe tomatoes
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • balsamic glaze
  • flaked sea salt
  • pepper
  • fresh basil

Instructions

  • Start by slicing tomatoes 1/4 inch thick. Slice the cheese 1/4 inch thick. Layer the tomatoes and cheese on a plate. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic glaze. Top with flaked sea salt, pepper and fresh basil.

Nutrition

Calories: 742kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 179mg | Sodium: 1434mg | Potassium: 755mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3582IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 1170mg | Iron: 2mg

 

Lemon Orzo (Easy Side Dish)

Orzo is one of those fun kinds of pasta that can be served either hot or cold and can be made so many different ways, so get creative! 

Lemon orzo has a bright citrus flavor and comes out creamy and delicious!

Lemon Orzo with sliced lemon, garnished with mint leaves served in a bowl with a spoon

For a last-minute side dish or salad for a crowd, this lemon orzo salad will have everyone going for seconds! Using only a few simple ingredients, you can make this delicious lemon orzo in under 30 minutes.

What is Orzo

Pasta comes in dozens, if not hundreds of different shapes! Orzo (also called risoni) is commonly used in Greek food, but can be used in place of rice in any dish! Although in appearance orzo can look like rice, it is actually pasta.

It’s great added to soups or served chilled as an orzo salad.

A lemon with a few peels peeled off

How to Cook Lemon Orzo

Orzo is as easy to make as any rice or pasta. A tangy flavor takes just a few ingredients and a sprinkling of fresh chopped mint adds freshness!

  1. Simmer orzo, broth, oregano, and lemon zest to until the orzo is tender.
  2. Remove from heat, add butter, and let the orzo rest (per recipe below).
  3. Fluff with a fork and add lemon juice, mint, or parsley. Season with salt and pepper.

Tip: For a little pop of color and flavor, try garnishing with finely sliced green onions and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese!

Orzo in a pot with some mint garnish on top, with lemon juice being squeezed into the pot.

What to Serve with Lemon Orzo

Lemon orzo salad is a great side dish, and also works as an entrée dish or protein salad.

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Got Leftovers?

REFRIGERATE: Be sure to refrigerate any cooked orzo within two hours of cooking in an airtight container or a plastic zippered bag, which can last about 3 to 5 days in the fridge.

FREEZE: You can also freeze orzo in a zippered bag, just make sure to date it.

REHEAT: Simply reheat on the stovetop when you want to serve (you may need to add some water if needed). Add a little lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.

Easy Side Dishes

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Lemon Orzo with garnish and lemon in a bowl

Lemon Orzo

This lemon orzo salad recipe has a bright citrus flavor, thanks to the secret of adding lemon rind to the broth!
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Entree, Lunch, Main Course, Pasta, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 168
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon for juice and zesting
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon fresh mint finely chopped or 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley

Instructions

  • Using a vegetable peeler, peel off two large strips of lemon zest.
  • Bring orzo, broth, oregano and lemon zest to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook 13-15 minutes uncovered until the orzo is tender.
  • Remove from heat and stir in butter. Rest 5 minutes.
  • Juice half of the lemon over the orzo, add mint or parsley and stir. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Notes

Optional additions
Stir in 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese or crumbled feta cheese
Stir in 2 green onions finely sliced

Nutrition

Calories: 168 | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 553mg | Potassium: 238mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 44IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
Lemon Orzo with lemon being squeezed and writing
Lemon Orzo in a dish with title
Lemon Orzo closeup with garnish and writing
Lemon Orzo with lemon squeeze and writing

Greek Salad with the BEST Dressing

Greek Salad is a fresh, crunchy, vibrant salad with the BEST Greek dressing!  Every bite is packed with color and the best flavors that will keep you digging in for more!

I absolutely can’t get enough of salads with a feta crumble in them.  I find myself poking around in the salad to try to get some in every bite!  For more salads with feta cheese try Grilled Berry Feta Chicken Salad or Italian Avocado Cucumber Tomato Salad.

Greek salad in a white bowl with a wooden spoon.

Greek Salad

Juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumber, and a sweet and savory dressing, with feta crumbles throughout… Wow, when I read the description of a greek salad on a menu recently, I was so ready to go home and make it my own!  This vibrant salad is so full of color and flavor.  It easily compliments any meal or it can stand alone as the main dish.  Packed full of nutrients, it is a must try for any salad lover!

The Greek dressing the girls have been helping me make at home is so perfect on this salad! It brings the flavors of the fresh fruits and vegetables to life!  I love how fresh and light this salad is!  Simply said, this dish is amazing!  It is ready in just minutes and will be a favorite in our house for a while to come!

Greek Salad Ingredients:

All of these fresh ingredients are flavorful and delicious, but need to be washed before tossing together.  The best way to wash them is to fill a clean sink or large bowl with cool water and rinse each item thoroughly.  The dirt and debris will sink to the bottom.  Then, your left with clean fresh ingredients that are ready to combine, toss, and enjoy!

  • Romaine Lettuce: Adds a crunch to the texture of this salad.
  • Cucumber: Fresh melon flavor.
  • Roma Tomatoes: Sweet and colorful addition to the salad.
  • Kalamata Olives: Large, dark purple olive with a smooth, meaty texture.
  • Large black olives: Soft meaty texture with tart, tangy, slightly acidic flavor.
  • Feta Cheese: Crumbly Greek cheese with bright white color and a salty flavor.

We’re Making Salad!

The great thing about salads is they are so easy to make! Simply grab all your ingredients, toss them together with your favorite dressing, and voila a great meal or side dish is ready to go!  I love to wash and prep all the ingredients as soon as I get them home from the market or store and have them ready to go in the refrigerator.  This extra time is so worth it when I can pull all the ingredients out and toss them right away and have a delicious salad in minutes!

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a large bowl add the romaine, cucumber, tomatoes, olives , and feta cheese.
  2. Make Greek Dressing: Make the recipe for greek dressing.
  3. Toss: Toss together ingredients and Greek dressing to evenly coat all ingredients with the dressing.

Greek Salad ingredients in a clear bowl.

What are Roma Tomatoes?

A Roma tomato has a thick fruit wall and few seeds.  They have a dense and slightly grainy flesh.  They are oblong and a little heavy for their size.  The are more firm than other tomatoes.  They can be eaten raw or cooked.  They are often used to make tomato paste since they have less water content than most tomatoes.

What is the Difference Between Kalamata Olives and Black Olives?

First of all, Kalamata olives are purple whereas black olives are..wait for it…black.  However, in addition to the obvious color differences, there are some other differences between the two olives as well.  Kalamata olives are known as “Greek black olives” but are bigger and more oblong in shape than a black olive.  They are picked by hand in order to avoid bruising the olives.  They have a stone in the middle and are usually not pitted before being served. They are bitter when they are first picked so they go through a process of “debittering” which can take up to 3 months!  Their flavor is compared to that of a fine wine.

In contrast, a black olive that we would generally find in a jar at the grocery store is actually picked green then pumped with oxygen to turn them black, their new color is kept by adding ferrous gluconate. Both olives are high in sodium, rich in healthy fats and contain a natural antioxidants.  I prefer a mixture of the two in my greek salad because I think together they are just right.

 

Pouring dressing on Greek salad ingredients.

Greek Salad Tips and Variations:

  • No lettuce: I know, I know, you’re thinking a salad with no lettuce? But traditionally in Greece, their salads are served with no lettuce.
  • Feta Cheese: The crumbles of cheese throughout the salad are a favorite of mine.  However, if you are going for an authentic Greek presentation, place large chunks or blocks of feta cheese on the top of the salad instead.
  • Serve with: In Greece you will find this salad served with bread.  (Yes, please!) Also, I love the contrast of pairing this cool, fresh salad with a creamy warm soup.  Something about the yin and yang of that is just so perfect!
  • Storing: Eat it up quick because this salad will not last long in the refrigerator. Once prepared, the salad will last a maximum of 2 days, but you will probably experience sogginess.  Instead, I suggest you store the ingredients separately from the lettuce and mix up individual serving sizes as needed.
  • Optional Ingredients: Sometimes I love to just keep adding on to this delicious Greek salad.  Capers, lemon or lime juice, shrimp or chicken, red onion (Rinse in warm water and drain before adding to the salad), avocado (weird but good).  Really the options are limitless with this extremely versatile flavor base.
  • How to store olives: Unopened your olives can be stored at room temperature up to 2 years. Opened olives need to be refrigerated in their own liquid in a non-metal container.  When stored properly, they will last for 1 to 2 months after opening.

Finished greek salad in a white bowl.

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Greek Salad with the BEST Dressing

Greek Salad is a fresh, crunchy, vibrant salad with the BEST Greek dressing!  Every bite is packed with color and the best flavors that will keep you digging in for more!
Course Dinner, Dressing, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Greek
Keyword greek salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 24 Tablesppoon
Calories 12kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 3 cups romaine chopped
  • 1 cucumber sliced
  • 2 roma tomatoes sliced
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup large black olives
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • Greek Dressing Recipe

Instructions

  • In a large bowl add the romaine, cucumber, tomatoes, olives , and feta cheese. Make the recipe for greek dressing and toss with the salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 12kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 581IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps

Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps are quick and easy to make and to eat.  Filled with healthy, flavorful ingredients they are family friendly, great for lunch or a light dinner!

Wraps are perfect for all ages and taste delicious with so many flavors inside! If you are looking for other ideas of ways to turn your favorite meal into a handy wrap try this Buffalo Ranch Chicken Wrap or Bacon Cheeseburger Wrap.

Two parts of a wrap stacked on each other on a plate.

Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps

I am always trying to find new lunch combinations that are easy to make and healthy.  Recently, me and the hubby went to a local sandwich place that had chicken caesar salad wraps. Chicken caesar salad is my favorite of them all, so I ordered it and loved it. The best wrap that I have had, and I couldn’t wait to make it at home! Especially since the weather is getting warmer, and I find myself wanting more salads and lighter foods.  This wrap is definitely going to be a staple in my weekly menus this summer.

Not only is this a healthy and tasty wrap, but it is also just fun to make!  In fact, my kids want me to turn everything into a wrap now so that they can help make it! They love to help with the tossing and wrapping. I love that they are getting a healthy meal that they enjoy eating and I’m not having to force them to eat! I promise you this recipe is so simple and easy to follow and it will turn out looking so impressive.  Each bite is bursting with flavor while still keeping a fresh and light overall feel.  Be sure to try it for lunch or dinner soon!

Chicken Caesar Salad Ingredients:

Just a few simple ingredients come together so quickly and easily in this crowd pleasing wrap.  In fact, many of the ingredients can even be bought pre-made, which is so nice!  I love chicken caesar salads, I always have.  But, when you add in a tortilla to wrap it up, now that is just so much better!!

  • Caesar Salad Dressing: I use the light version to keep it a little healthier.
  • Parmesan cheese: Freshly grated
  • Garlic powder: Adds a little bit of subtle flavor.
  • Pepper: To taste
  • Lemon juice: The bright citrus flavor adds freshness.
  • Chicken breast: Cubed and cooked, Tyson grilled and ready worked great!
  • Romaine lettuce: I used the premium with shredded carrots.
  • Salad croutons: Chopped so that they are easier to eat.
  • Whole grain wraps or tortillas: Use an extra large one so that it is easier to wrap.

How to Make a Wrap:

Two simple steps are all it takes to have a delicious meal ready to go.  Just grab your ingredients, toss them together and wrap it up in your favorite tortilla.  In just minutes you can have a restaurant quality meal in your own kitchen.

  1. Toss Ingredients: In a medium bowl, combine caesar dressing, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, pepper, and lemon juice. Add the romaine lettuce, cubed chicken and salad croutons. Toss until coated well.
  2. Fill tortilla and roll: Place about 2/3 of the chicken mixture into each wrap and roll up.

Fresh Ingredients for the Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap in a clear glass bowl.

Is a Chicken Caesar Wrap Healthy?

The great thing about preparing your own food at home vs. eating out is that you have complete control over every ingredient that goes into your food.  To make sure this wrap is healthy, just make careful choices when choosing your ingredients.  Use a low-fat dressing and read labels carefully to ensure you find one without a lot of added sugars.  Also, there are so many great low carb or low fat wrap options available now, so be sure to choose one that suits your specific dietary needs.

Variations for Chicken Caesar Wraps:

These chicken caesar salad wraps are so easy to make there is really no way to mess them up! Here are a few tips and ideas to help you keep this classic recipe interesting.

  • Pinwheels: A  fun way to serve these chicken caesar wraps is to cut them into pinwheels! They would be great as an appetizer for entertaining.
  • Toothpicks: Add toothpicks to help them stay together if you’re bringing them somewhere.
  • Bacon: Adding crumbled bacon to the mixture of this wrap is so amazing!
  • Serving:  Serve your wrap with a side of fresh fruit, potato salad, pasta salad, chips, or chopped vegetables.

Overhead view of a open chicken caesar wrap.

How Long Can You Store Chicken Caesar Wraps?

Once fully prepared, eat or refrigerate your chicken caesar wrap within two hours.  If you are making these for later use like in weekly meal prepping, I suggest storing the ingredients separately then mixing together right before you eat it.  Otherwise, the croutons and other ingredients may turn slightly soggy.  If you want to make ahead for later use, just leave out the dressing in the mixture and dip the wrap in dressing as you eat it later instead.  To store, cover the caesar salad wrap tightly with plastic wrap or foil.  Stored this way, they will last in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

Close up of a wrap in someone's hand.

More Delicious Chicken Caesar Recipes:

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Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps

A delicious and healthy chicken caesar salad wrap that is perfect for an easy meal or on the go!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken caesar salad wraps, salad wraps, wrap recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 511kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup lite Caesar Salad Dressing
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups chicken breast cubed cooked, Tyson grilled and ready worked great!
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce I used the premium with shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup salad croutons chopped
  • 4 whole grain whole grain wraps or tortillas

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, combine caesar dressing, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, pepper, and lemon juice. Add the romaine lettuce, cubed chicken and salad croutons. Toss until coated well.
  • Place about 2/3 of the chicken mixture into each wrap and roll up.

Notes

Updated on May 25, 2020
Originally Posted on September 4, 2014

Nutrition

Calories: 511kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 1047mg | Potassium: 348mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2133IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 2mg

 

Greek Salad Dressing

This greek salad dressing is sweet and savory added it to any salad, sandwiches or use as a marinade for a flavorful topping. This dressing is so versatile you will be using it often!

Greek salads come in all sizes, varieties and flavors! This greek broccoli pasta salad, greek tzatziki pasta salad or greek spinach pasta salad are perfect ways to enjoy more ways to enjoy greek salads.

Greek Salad Dressing in a jar with a spoon in it.

Greek Salad Dressing

Light and creamy dressing falls smoothly overtop salads, marinades chicken and pork plus add to each sandwich like a spread and enjoy so many flavorful recipes using one dressing! Greek Salad Dressing is one of my favorites and comes together easily. Most the ingredients are pantry staples and easy to store. Make this dressing over and over again!

Finding the perfect salad to use with this was a MUST! Most salads with romaine, olives, tomatoes and feta cheese blend well with this greek dressing. It is irresistible and one of the best. The flavors are so powerful yet smooth and creamy. It is a light dressing that is full of flavor! My girls have been helping me in the kitchen lately and this dressing was one I needed to make. I couldn’t get them to stop taste testing the dressing, it is that good!

What is the difference between Greek and Italian dressing?

Greek and Italian dressings are actually similar in a few ways. They both use natural ingredients that store well, they even use the same olive oil and dried herbs too. Both naturally go on salads, sandwiches and can be used as a marinade.

Italian dressings are mixed with bell peppers, herbs and some added sugar whereas greek dressings are more basic ingredients like olives, tomatoes, cucumbers sprinkled with feta cheese.

Homemade Dressing Ingredients:

Most of these ingredients are ones that you already have on hand. They are easy to store and simple to mix together. This dressing comes together quickly and easily!

  • Olive Oil: This is the concentrate that helps blend all the flavors together.
  • Red Wine Vinegar: Greek Salad Dressing is known to have this red wine vinegar. It is a MUST!
  • Garlic Powder: 
  • Oregano and Basil: I normally say to use fresh herbs but with dressings it is best to use dried. The fresh herbs can become discolored and alter the flavoring of when mixed together and stored.  
  • Onion Powder: No onion flavoring just blends well and add the perfect amount of flavoring to the dressing.
  • Salt and Pepper: Just a pinch.
  • Dijon Mustard: Sounds crazy, but this mustard will take everything up a notch adding so much flavor and goodness to this dressing. You will be impressed! 

Shake it Up!

Traditional Greek Salad Dressing usually appears to be a vinaigrette because of its consistency when mixed together. It is light and creamy with a sweet and beautiful taste. This is a tried and true favorite that you will want to make all year long!

  1. Mix Together: Place ingredients into a jar and seal tightly with a lid.  Shake until you have a good emulsion.  Pour desired amount over salad.

Greek Salad with olives, feta cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers with Greek Salad Dressing being poured over top.

What to Use Greek Dressing On:

This dressing is so good and so versatile. There are so many fun and delicious recipes that go well with it.

  • Pasta: Mix together with a cold pasta for a great potluck dish or side to your next barbecue.
  • Marinade: Beef, pork chicken and even seafood can be marinaded for 2 to 24 hours long storing in the refrigerator until ready to cook.
  • Vegetables: Perfect for dipping your favorite vegetables like celery, cucumbers or carrots in.
  • Sandwich/Burgers: Great for spreading on bread or buns to add more flavoring.

How long does Homemade Greek Dressing Last?

This dressing is quick and easy to make. Store in an airtight bottle or a jar with a lid in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days long.

Greek Salad Dressing poured over a Greek Salad in a white bowl.

Delicious Salad Recipes with Dressing:

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Greek Salad Dressing

This greek salad dressing is sweet and savory added to any salads, sandwiches or use as a marinade. This dressing is so versatile you will be using it often!
Course Dinner, Dressing, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Greek
Keyword dressing, greek salad dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 24 Tablespoons
Calories 56kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard

Instructions

  • Place ingredients into a dressing container or jar and seal tightly with a lid. Shake until you have a good emulsion. Pour desired amount over salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg