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Greek Panzanella Salad with Homemade Greek Salad Dressing

What is a panzanella salad? It is traditionally an Italian salad made with leftover bread to soak up a great vinaigrette with chunky vegetables. I’ve made a little twist using feta and Greek salad dressing for this GREEK panzanella salad! SO yum! This is part one of two recipes I’m bringing to you this week for my Dinner and Dessert review for My Spice Sage website!

 

Greek Panzanella Salad with Homemade Greek Salad Dressing recipe from http://ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #GreekSalad #Homemade #SaladDressing #Panzanella

Greek Panzanella Salad with Grilled Chicken
 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 each Chicken Breast, boneless skinless
  • 1 each Romaine Lettuce, head, shredded
  • ½ Pint Grape Tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ½ each English Cucumber, cut in medium chunks
  • ½ Cup Feta Cheese, crumbled
  • Greek Salad Dressing
  • Homemade Garlic Croutons ½ a recipe
  • Pickled Red Onions for garnish
Instructions
  1. Take the chicken breast and place in a plastic bag.
  2. Add about 1-2 Tbls of the dressing to the bag, close the bag and massage marinade into chicken so it is covered in dressing. Let this sit in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
  3. Grill the chicken breast until fully cooked. Let this cool completely on the counter and place this in the fridge again to get cold.
  4. Now, dice, slice all your ingredients for the salad to your liking.
  5. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and add enough salad dressing to light dress the ingredients. Using a spoon, mix all the ingredients.
  6. Place on a plate and enjoy!

For me a great salad is a must year round. What makes a great salad are not only the main ingredients but what ties them all together. A delicious salad dressing! Salad dressings are so easy to make and can really be made to suit your taste. Here I have for you a light Greek salad dressing that is playing double duty as a marinade for chicken as well!

For the bread in this panzanella salad I used my Homemade Garlic Croutons. I also added my Pickled Red Onions for an extra burst of flavor!

Almost all the dried spices used in this dressing/marinade came from My Spice Sage as you can see their packaging below:

Greek Panzanella Salad with Homemade Greek Salad Dressing recipe from http://ThisSillyGirlsLife.com #GreekSalad #Homemade #SaladDressing #Panzanella

 

Ingredients

Recipe adapted from HERE for the salad dressing

Greek salad dressing:

3/4 Cup                          Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Cup                               Red Wine Vinegar

2 tsp                                Garlic Powder

2 tsp                                Oregano, dried

2 tsp                                 Basil, dried

1 1/2 tsp                          Onion Powder

1 1/2 tsp                          Dijon Mustard

1 Tbls                               Granulated Sugar

1 tsp                                 Maltodextrin, optional (used as a thickening agent for the dressing, helps to keep dressing combined as well)

Salt and pepper to taste

For the salad:

1 each                             Chicken Breast, boneless skinless

1 each                             Romaine Lettuce, head, shredded

1/2 Pint                         Grape Tomatoes, sliced in half

1/2 each                        English Cucumber, cut in medium chunks

1/2 Cup                         Feta Cheese, crumbled

Homemade Garlic Croutons 1/2 a recipe

Pickled Red Onions for garnish

Directions

For the salad dressing:

Combine all ingredients in a blender until thoroughly combined. You can also use an emulsion blender or a whisk. If using a whisk, combine all ingredients except for the oil. Drizzle the oil a little at a time into the mix and whisk vigorously until fully combined. Set this in the fridge until ready for salad assembly.

 

For the salad:

Take the chicken breast and place in a plastic bag. Add about 1-2 Tbls of the dressing to the bag, close the bag and massage marinade into chicken so it is covered in dressing. Let this sit in the fridge for 1-2 hours. Grill the chicken breast until fully cooked. Let this cool completely on the counter and place this in the fridge again to get cold. Now, dice, slice all your ingredients for the salad to your liking. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and add enough salad dressing to light dress the ingredients. Using a spoon, mix all the ingredients. Place on a plate and enjoy!

Greek Salad Dressing
 
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Oregano, dried
  • 2 tsp Basil, dried
  • 1½ tsp Onion Powder
  • 1½ tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tbls Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp Maltodextrin, optional (used as a thickening agent for the dressing, helps to keep dressing combined as well)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender until thoroughly combined. You can also use an emulsion blender or a whisk. If using a whisk, combine all ingredients except for the oil. Drizzle the oil a little at a time into the mix and whisk vigorously until fully combined. Set this in the fridge until ready for salad assembly.
Greek Panzanella Salad with Grilled Chicken
 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 each Chicken Breast, boneless skinless
  • 1 each Romaine Lettuce, head, shredded
  • ½ Pint Grape Tomatoes, sliced in half
  • ½ each English Cucumber, cut in medium chunks
  • ½ Cup Feta Cheese, crumbled
  • Greek Salad Dressing
  • Homemade Garlic Croutons ½ a recipe
  • Pickled Red Onions for garnish
Instructions
  1. Take the chicken breast and place in a plastic bag.
  2. Add about 1-2 Tbls of the dressing to the bag, close the bag and massage marinade into chicken so it is covered in dressing. Let this sit in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
  3. Grill the chicken breast until fully cooked. Let this cool completely on the counter and place this in the fridge again to get cold.
  4. Now, dice, slice all your ingredients for the salad to your liking.
  5. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and add enough salad dressing to light dress the ingredients. Using a spoon, mix all the ingredients.
  6. Place on a plate and enjoy!

Here is some more info about the My Spice Sage website:

The spices you get from the website are very good quality. They are the same quality I would receive in bulk while working in the restaurant industry. There are tons of different items that they have available. My favorite way of browsing is actually through alphabetical order, I love seeing all the different kinds of spices, vinegars and blend they have to offer. They have weekly promotions as well where you can get a free gift with purchase but this varies each week. All orders over $10 ship for free (Orders under $10 are subject to a flat $3 ‘Spice it Up’ Fee). All orders receive a Free 1oz spice sample of the customer’s choice so you can finally experiment with some new flavors! The best part to me is there is 100% satisfaction guarantee, if you are not completely satisfied you can return your order for a full refund or an exchange. No questions asked! They will even pay the return shipping charges for orders in the United States.

 

**The items given to me for this recipe were for review purposes. I was not compensated for these posts. All opinions are 100% my own.**

 

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27 Wonderful Comments

  1. avatar
    August 11, 2013

    This looks so good! I have been searching for a home-made Greek dressing since I have stopped buying dressings from the store. I will have to try this out soon. Thanks for sharing!

  2. avatar
    Kim says:
    August 11, 2013

    Oh yum!! I need to make this!

  3. Saw this on Marvelous Monday… I love salads and pinning this for later!

  4. avatar
    August 12, 2013

    This looks so delicious! 🙂 Making a panzanella salad is STILL one thing I haven’t done yet, and that I need to get on asap.
    Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week!

  5. avatar
    August 12, 2013

    I love salad, but I’m not sure if I have ever salivated over pictures of a salad…until now! This looks so yummy Dana! I can’t wait to try it!

  6. avatar
    Becca says:
    August 15, 2013

    Looks like a great recipe! Pinning now. Can’t wait to try the Greek Dressing! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features tomorrow and link up this post (and others)! diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com

  7. avatar
    LydiaF says:
    August 16, 2013

    My husband usually makes sopa de ajo from our leftover bread, but I’m liking this panzanella salad. Thanks for linking up at Real Food Fridays, Dana 🙂

  8. avatar
    August 16, 2013

    I love your blog and your salad looks amazing! I am trying to eat healthier and this is perfect! Thanks! Julia

  9. avatar
    Tracy says:
    August 16, 2013

    I’d love to have you share this or any of your amazing posts at our weekly Super Saturday Link Party. It starts Friday’s at 6pm, hope we see you there!

    Tracy

  10. avatar
    Michelle says:
    August 16, 2013

    I cannot wait to try this!! My daughter brings my parmesan crusted chicken salad for lunch most days…this might be a good alternative. Plus I am thinking I am going to really like this too! Pinning for sure! Thank you for linking up with us at LOBS!

  11. avatar
    Diane Balch says:
    August 18, 2013

    I love the Greek twist on one of my favorite Italian summer dishes. Thank you for sharing your salad with us on foodie friday.

  12. avatar
    August 20, 2013

    There are so many things I love about this recipe. Homemade garlic croutons. Pickled onions. Homemade Greek salad dressing. Yum. Pinning and making this soon.

    Thanks for sharing at Home{work} Wednesday.

  13. avatar
    Pamela says:
    August 21, 2013

    Looks delish minus the inions!;) Thanx for sharing at THT.

  14. avatar
    Judy says:
    August 22, 2013

    Hi Dana,

    This is very colorful. I am drooling here. I should make salad for dinner tom.
    Oh I almost forgot, we are featuring this post in our Top 10 Post Features. It will be published on Thursday.

    Judy

  15. avatar
    August 22, 2013

    This looks amazing! I’ve never done pickled onions before, but now I want to just so I can have the salad. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday – I’ll be featuring it this week, so please come back!

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