Memorial Day marks the start of the summer season and is one of the first outdoor celebrations of the year for many of us. The food at these parties usually centers around the grill and typically also includes fresh side dishes and salads. If you are still looking for a Memorial Day recipe, here’s one for a Mediterranean-style chicken salad. It’s healthy, delicious and full of many of summer’s best vegetables – zucchini, bell peppers and tomatoes.
Mediterranean-Style Chicken Salad
1 small zucchini, trimmed, cut in 1⁄2 lengthwise and sliced
1 red bell pepper, seeds and inner white ribbing removed, cubed
1 yellow bell pepper, seeds and inner white ribbing removed, cubed
2 tomatoes, seeds removed, cubed
1 small onion, cut in 1⁄2 lengthwise and thinly sliced
8 ounces pre-cooked chicken breast, shredded
1⁄2 cup oil-cured olives, pitted and halved
juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper
1⁄8 teaspoon sugar
51⁄4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
4 sprigs chives, chopped
In a bowl, combine the zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, chicken and olives. In a separate bowl combine the lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and the sugar and whisk until well combined. Pour over the salad, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Add the crumbled feta and the chives. Toss and serve. ● Serves 4
- For another great salad to serve this holiday, try this tuna, red onion and cannellini bean salad.
- You can also find more recipes perfect for Memorial Day or any other occasion on Italian Cooking Forum
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