Grilled Chicken, avocado, olives, tomatoes, salty feta, cucumber, rocket salad and onions - wow, talk about the perfect combo! Looking for a colourful and healthy summer salad, this is one of the easiest salads to make and its a complete meal in a bowl! I call it ; "Summer in a bowl!" It’s colorful and full of flavour. I love playing around with spices and sauces to create the perfect combo! For this salad I created my own marinade to use as a salad dressing and to marinade my chicken.
For the marinade you need;
2 tablespoons olive or rapeseed oil
Water (1/4 cup)
1 Lemon (Freshly squeezed)
Red wine vinegar (2 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons dried basil
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 tablespoons dried rosemary
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons dried cilantro (cilantro is the Italian name for coriander)
1 tablespoon red chili flakes or black pepper (For that spicy tase)
2 cloves of garlic , minced
1 teaspoon salt (You can salt as required)
1 tablespoon of paprika
500g of boneless chicken thighs (I prefer using chicken thighs but you can also use chicken breasts)
For the Salad;
1 packet of rocket salad (I use sweet and crunchy as my kids love that)
4 cherry tomatoes (Deseed and dice tomatoes)
1 onion sliced in rings
2 avocado sliced
1 small bowl of black or green olives
1 clove minced garlic
2 tablespoons of rapeseed oils
Feta cheese (Optional)
Mix all the marinade (except paprika) ingredients in a bowl and set aside
Place chicken in bowl and pour half of mixed marinade dressing over it and set aside the other half in fridge to be used later.
Sprinkle paprika and salt over chicken and rub mixture in, there's no set way to marinade chicken, you can add spices as you like, I like spicy so I add a little bit of black pepper. Cover chicken and place in fridge for 10 minutes.
While waiting for the chicken, chop up cucumber, tomatoes, avocado and olives and mix in a large salad bowl.
Heat 2 tablespoons of rapeseed oil, add chopped onions and 1 clove of minced garlic and sauce until brown, remove and drain out oil. Add onions to the salad ingredients in bowl.
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan over medium heat and grill chicken on both sides until chicken is completely cooked and browned.
Slice chicken and arrange over salad.
Take out the other half of the marinade and drizzle over salad
Toss on feta cheese (Optional)
And there you have it, the perfect summer salad!
You can have it as a full meal or a side meal. We had it for dinner, with grilled sweet corn and oven chips :)