Chicken Gyro Salad with Yogurt Dressing

Chicken Gyro Salad with Yogurt Dressing - Just like a classic chicken gyro, but in salad form! The perfect healthy lunch to pack for a busy week. | foxeslovelemons.com

Do you think it’s strange that I still “pack” my lunch for the next day, even though I work from home? It might be, but I do. Since most evenings after dinner, Jeff packs his lunch to take to work the next day, I just go ahead and pack mine then as well. That way I can just grab it, scarf it down, and keep working when lunch rolls around. Yeah, no leisurely meal-and-siesta here.

Chicken Gyro Salad with Yogurt Dressing - Just like a classic chicken gyro, but in salad form! The perfect healthy lunch to pack for a busy week. | foxeslovelemons.com

While I’ll always be a big fan of salad jars, I also frequently prepare fridge salad kits. On Sundays, I decide on a salad “theme” (southwestern, Caesar, Cobb, etc.), clear out a shelf in my fridge, grab a baking pan and a bunch of containers, and prep all sorts of ingredients for salads that week. I don’t worry too much about making sure I have fancy containers or anything like that – I re-use deli containers for many ingredients, small mason jars for others, and a big ziploc bag for washed and cut salad greens.

Depending on the ingredients you’re using for your salads and how far in advance you’ll be making them, sometimes this system just works better than the jar system. Unlike with salad jars, each ingredient stays separate until it comes time to pack the next day’s lunch. This makes each salad fully customizable. For MY bowl of Chicken Gyro Salad, I would load up with a ton of beets, while in Jeff’s lunch, there’s probably more chicken!

Chicken Gyro Salad with Yogurt Dressing - Just like a classic chicken gyro, but in salad form! The perfect healthy lunch to pack for a busy week. | foxeslovelemons.com

In both bowls, you’re sure to find plenty of yogurt dressing and cow’s milk feta, produced by Michigan’s hardworking dairy farm families. Cheese and yogurt are packed with nutrition – they are both excellent sources of protein, so these salads keep us full all afternoon!

Chicken Gyro Salad with Yogurt Dressing - Just like a classic chicken gyro, but in salad form! The perfect healthy lunch to pack for a busy week. | foxeslovelemons.com

So go ahead – grab a tray and load it up with salad ingredients. When it comes time to pack your lunch, get a bowl with a lid and get the tray out of the fridge. Just sprinkle a little bit of each ingredient into your bowl – you don’t even need spoons or anything. Just sprinkle! I generally keep the yogurt dressing in a smaller ramekin with a lid on the side, then pour it over right before I eat my salad.

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Chicken Gyro Salad with Yogurt Dressing - Just like a classic chicken gyro, but in salad form! The perfect healthy lunch to pack for a busy week. | foxeslovelemons.com

Chicken Gyro Salad with Yogurt Dressing

Ingredients:

For the Chicken:



  • 1 pound chicken breasts

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


For the Yogurt Dressing:



  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt

  • 1-1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon milk, plus additional if needed

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill

  • Pinch of salt and pepper


For the Salads:



  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, washed and chopped

  • 2 roasted or pickled beets, chopped or thinly sliced

  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 cucumber, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cup crumbled cow's milk feta cheese


Directions:


  1. Preheat grill for direct grilling over medium-high heat. Spray chicken with nonstick spray; sprinkle with oregano, garlic powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Transfer chicken to hot grill rack; cover and cook 10 minutes or until chicken loses its pink color throughout and internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F, turning once. Let cool 10 minutes, then thinly slice or chop.

  2. Meanwhile, make Yogurt Dressing: In small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, yogurt, oil, milk, oregano, dill, salt and pepper. Dressing should have a thick but pourable consistency. If too thick, add additional milk 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.

  3. Prep all salad ingredients and place in covered containers on rimmed baking pan, along with chicken and Yogurt Dressing; refrigerate. Use salad kit to prep lunches as needed throughout the week.


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Disclosure: This post is part of a relationship I have with The United Dairy Industry of Michigan for recipe development. Posts like this help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.