Grilled Chicken Salad with Red Pepper Sauce and Feta

This Athenos Make a Change for the Feta challenge is definitely going to make the month of July absolutely fantastic and healthy. And it’s perfect timing since the hot, hot, hot weather of July makes me crave refreshing salads! Making myself incorporate feta cheese into a salad each day will also leave my taste buds happy as it is one of the most delightful cheeses known to mankind! ;)

When I saw the chunk of black peppercorn feta that was sent to me, I immediately thought of combining it with grilled chicken. I did a quick search online for “grilled chicken and feta” just to get the creative juices flowing and found this entree that included a red pepper sauce so I snagged that element from the recipe and created a salad jam packed with flavor. A lot of my meals are bits and pieces from multiple recipes mixed with a little improvisation on my part! Gotta get creative sometimes ;) So my lunch this afternoon was a Grilled Chicken Salad with Red Pepper Sauce and Feta.

Here’s what you need (and feel free to toss whatever you’d like in, this just makes a nice base!)

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Grilled Chicken (I made one serving but had plenty of chicken left over for another time):

• 4 or 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
• 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
• 1 ear of fresh corn… for a little extra crunch
• handful of grape tomatoes
• Greens… Lettuce mixture, spinach, arugula etc.

• 2 teaspoons salt
• ground black pepper  

Red Pepper Sauce:
• 1 red bell pepper
• 1.5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• ground black pepper

Athenos Chunk with Black Peppercorn Feta Cheese

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Here’s what you do:

• Place chicken, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a zip lock bag and refrigerate. I only let it sit in the fridge for about an hour or so and it was plenty flavorful, but feel free to refrigerate it up to 24 hours just to get all the flavors soaked up!

• Remove chicken from marinade and discard remaining marinade. Grill chicken, about 7 minutes.

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• To prepare the sauce, place red pepper, oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper in a food processor or blender, puree until smooth. Feel free to grill the red pepper before to get additional flavor!

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• Arrange your greens on a plate, top with chicken and feta…

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• And add your red pepper sauce.

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The thing I love best about the Athenos feta is it comes in a variety of different flavors but doesn’t compromise the feta-ness (which is not a real word… in case you didn’t know). I feel like when a lot of companies start creating flavors and experimenting it takes away from the product. This still tastes VERY feta-ish (another fake word!) and very real with the perfect hint of peppercorn!

FETA FRIDAY GIVEAWAY:

Each Friday in the month of July we’re going to be holding a fun giveaway!

Included in the giveaway:

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• Free ATHENOS Feta coupon
• 1-month membership to LIfeTime Fitness
• ATHENOS water bottle
• ATHENOS Feta recipe booklet
• Salad shaker travel container (LOVE these… perfect for work lunches!)
• Reusable lunch bag

Leave a comment by 11:59 EST Tuesday, July 5th telling us why you love feta!

And speaking of giveaways, the lucky winner for the Stuffables Tupperware is:

SimplyLife (who has a great blog by the way!) who said “Great giveaway! I need these because my cabinet looks worse than yours! :) eeek.. you do need them ;)

SimplyLife, please email us your full name and shipping information so you can receive your brand spanking new Tupperware! Congrats!

Happy Friday, world! And Happy 4th of July… have fun and be safe! :)

[Chels]

42 Comments

  • I love feta because it has such a bold taste that is awesome in all sorts of foods!

    July 2, 2010 4:27 pm
  • Love the colors in the dish!

    July 2, 2010 4:30 pm
  • That is MY kinda salad – a meal in a bowl. I think I’d make this w/roasted red pepper (from a jar – EZ!) and I love the idea of feta w/cracked pepper . . . sounds delish.

    July 2, 2010 4:38 pm
  • I love feta because it is a perfect complement to any salad, burger or Mediterranean dish!

    July 2, 2010 4:40 pm
  • genesis said:

    i love feta because it goes great with gyros :)

    July 2, 2010 4:46 pm
  • Feta is one of my favorite cheeses. I love it in salads, on pizza, and in quiche! Athenos is a staple in my fridge!

    July 2, 2010 4:50 pm
  • DcPepper said:

    My motto is: Feta makes everything bettah. Seriously, I put it on everything! Burgers, salads, rice and pasta dishes!

    July 2, 2010 5:09 pm
  • Danielle said:

    Because it is a lower calorie cheese that is still insanely flavorful!

    July 2, 2010 5:54 pm
  • Melissa said:

    I am LOVING the feta recipes! I love feta because it’s salty (confessed salt fiend here) and it adds a ton of flavor without a lot of calories!

    July 2, 2010 6:00 pm
  • oh yum! What a perfect summer salad!

    July 2, 2010 6:24 pm
  • Erica said:

    Now that is one beautiful salad! I have never tried any of the flavored fetas…maybe I should pick one up. And what a giveaway! My favorite thing about feta is that its so versatile! You can use it in a huge range of recipes and it has a great tang! Happy Fourth to you two pretty ladies :) :)

    July 2, 2010 6:35 pm
  • MaryEllen said:

    I love Feta because it dresses up anything that you add it to and gives it that “special touch”. A cold pasta salad or a hot pasta dish that you’d usually put shredded cheddar or mozzerella in becomes more gourmet with feta in it. It has a fantastic taste–the salty, creamy tang that absorbs the spices and other flavors you use with it. DELISH! When I was pregnant with my son 4 years ago, I gave up soft cheeses for the safety factor and I CRAVED feta, especially topped on my favorite Greek Salad from the pizza place in my hometown (3 hours from where I currently live). I joked (half heartidly) to my parents and sister that they would not be able to see my first born unless they came bearing the salad with extra feta. Sure enough, they made the 3 hour trip from CT to MA complete with a cooler for my Greek Salad with extra feta! Best meal I ever had!

    July 2, 2010 6:43 pm
  • delia said:

    Feta is a good source of calcium!

    July 2, 2010 7:17 pm
  • Courtney said:

    I love feta in anything especially omelets because it holds it’s shape and gives a nice flavor to the eggs with some peppers and onions. Also greek salads are amazing and I can’t get enough!

    July 2, 2010 8:02 pm
  • Megan said:

    Ooh… the red pepper sauce was a great idea! This looks like a fabulous salad… I love feta!

    July 2, 2010 8:44 pm
  • Leslie said:

    I love feta because it is so flavorful! What a great summer prize pack!

    July 2, 2010 10:02 pm
  • Maiah said:

    Oy, why do I love feta? In short, I love it’s super rich flavor. However, to learn here that you can get delicious feta with flavors like PEPPERCORN in the mix? Well that’s just dreamy. ♡

    July 3, 2010 12:05 am
  • Courtney L said:

    Feta is my favorite cheese, it adds great flavor to many dishes and is also good on its own:)

    July 3, 2010 8:02 am
  • Becky J. said:

    I love feta because it adds a great salty bite to a lot of foods. It is the perfect addition to salads.

    That red pepper sauce looks fantastic! I will def. have to try that.

    July 3, 2010 8:11 am
  • Sharlene said:

    Oh my. I’m not usually a fan of homemade salads for some reason. I prefer to just eat at a salad bar. But THIS salad looks ridiculously good. And I always love feta. I love the saltiness and it definitely makes me think of being on a Greek island!

    July 3, 2010 10:13 am
  • Di said:

    I love Feta because it helps me turn normal, boring recipes into more “exotic” dishes :)

    Seriously, I throw it into sauteed beans and called them “greek green beans”… baked it into meatballs so they become “greek meatballs”…

    Not only is the salty kick a perfect compliment to EVERYTHING, but it also makes my friends think I’m such an adventurous cook :)

    July 3, 2010 11:19 am
  • Amy said:

    I love feta bc you only need a little bit and it still provides so much flavor and a smooth texture to salads, pasta, etc. Definitely brings boring meals to life!

    July 3, 2010 12:15 pm
  • Shannon said:

    it took me awhile to come around to feta, but it really is versatile and goes into many dishes! need to try the flavored varieties :)

    July 3, 2010 12:23 pm
  • Sarah said:

    I love feta because it’s the perfect addition to most salads, and adds that necessary bold, salty flavour to a lot of Greek dishes.

    I’d also highly, highly, highly recommend ‘How to Roast a Lamb’ by Michael Psilakis. Because it’s a cookbook centered around Greek cuisine, a lot of the recipes call for feta (and they’re exceptional!) Healthy, great for summer and so flavourful.

    July 3, 2010 1:03 pm
  • Jenny said:

    Growing up in a Chinese household, I never tasted feta until college. But once I did, I was hooked! Its tangy, strong flavor is so addicting!

    July 3, 2010 1:14 pm
  • I love feta on everything! It’s great on salads, stiffed in chicken breasts, and on veggie burgers. I love pasta with butter, Parmesan and feta. So delicious!

    July 3, 2010 1:23 pm
  • Beccy said:

    Check out this website (that I love) for more feta recipes: http://closetcooking.blogspot.com/

    July 3, 2010 3:27 pm
  • anthy said:

    I love feta because it is SO good with chopped basil and chopped tomatoes and olive oil if you spoon it over garlic bread.

    Thank you very much for the giveaway!

    July 3, 2010 4:47 pm
  • I love feta because it adds lots of flavor to recipes without adding too many calories.

    July 3, 2010 9:46 pm
  • Jenelle said:

    I love feta because it brings a tangy flavor to any dish that you create.

    July 4, 2010 7:51 pm
  • Kristen said:

    I love feta because it is easy to use. I mix chunks of feta with chopped cucumber for a basic salad, or on gyros, or with my veggie burgers. MMM…. love it.

    July 4, 2010 8:49 pm
  • Kerstin said:

    Mmmm, what a perfect summer salad! I love feta because a little goes a long way!

    July 4, 2010 11:21 pm
  • Traci said:

    I love feta because its in one of my FAV dishes — Feta Spinach Salmon Roast (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/low-carb-and-lovin-it/feta-spinach-salmon-roast-recipe/index.html) and secretly because my husband finds it annoying that I try to incorporate it into every dish I can ;) Like DCPepper says I always tell him “feta is betta”

    July 5, 2010 12:50 pm
  • Katie said:

    Feta makes bruschetta betta! Ouch, I hope you don’t disqualify me on the grounds of lameness. . . :)

    July 5, 2010 7:10 pm
  • Lizzie said:

    I love the flavor punch and the saltiness!

    July 5, 2010 8:56 pm
  • Jen said:

    I also love the saltiness.

    July 5, 2010 10:09 pm
  • Georgia said:

    I love feta because it makes meals memorable!

    July 5, 2010 10:45 pm
  • Jo said:

    i LOVE LOVE LOVE feta! you can add it to ANYthing… my favorite, few slices of tomato, bits of asparagus, throw in a few black olives and some fresh shrimp, drizzle a little greek salad dressing and then add the best ingredient of all… FETA! Yummm!

    July 5, 2010 11:15 pm
  • Erin said:

    I love feta because of its ability to brighten any meal so easily!

    July 6, 2010 9:22 am
  • Lara said:

    It goes so well with everything! Omelets, salads, chicken, watermelon…

    July 6, 2010 1:05 pm
  • Patrice said:

    I love it because even a tiny bit adds SO much flavor.

    July 6, 2010 3:25 pm
  • robin said:

    I love feta because it’s salty and a little bit goes a long way.

    July 6, 2010 6:19 pm

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