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Hearty Winter Greek Salad

Winter Greek Salad - The Urban Grape

Winter Greek Salad - The Urban Grape

My obsession for Greek Salad is well-documented, but it’s lost a little spark for me since having to go completely dairy free. I mean, isn’t the whole reason for eating Greek Salad to ingest as much feta cheese as possible?

Needless to say, my cravings won out and I’ve tweaked my original Greek Salad salad recipe to be completely gluten and dairy free, as well as heartier for winter eating. This one is also faster to pull together – perfect for week night dinners.

Pair this salad with an older vintage white wine, a natural white wine, or a more full-bodied Chardonnay. What you’re looking for is a wine with some body and texture so the pairing feels more rich and wintery than fragrant and summery.

Winter Greek Salad
Serves 4
1.5 pounds chicken, sliced in half length-wise
1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp oregano
Salt and pepper

Place chicken halves into a plastic bag with the marinade ingredients. Let rest for half an hour.

1 cup brown or long grain rice
1 red onion, sliced into rounds
Kalamata Olives
1 red pepper, roasted and sliced
Cucumber, sliced
Grape tomatoes, halved

Cook rice according to instructions. Add olive oil to cast iron skillet and place the red onion rounds into the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, turning occasionally, until softened and beginning to brown. Add chicken to the skillet, and cook on both sides until just cooked through. Remove to a cutting board.

Build your salad – I like to put my rice on the side, and build up from a bed of arugula, giving everything its space.

Creamy Greek Dressing (Dairy free!)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 T red wine vinegar
1 tsp oregano
1 -2 garlic cloves, minced
1/8 cup mayo
1/8 cup dairy free yogurt (I like the Forager brand you can find at Whole Foods)

Combine ingredients in a mason jar and shake to combine. Dress salad to taste – the dressing is so creamy you won’t miss the feta. But feel free to sprinkle some on top!