So the big feasting holiday has come and gone.  I hope everyone had a wonderful time with friends and loved ones, and enjoyed great food!  Our Thanksgiving was a blast and everything went very well.  Being together with so many family members makes me so grateful for all the blessings in our life.  Of course, in the wake of the holiday I find myself craving lighter, healthier foods.  I created this Greek chicken salad recently and was thrilled with the result.  It is light and healthy, yet filling, and combines the flavors of some of my very favorite foods like chicken gyros and cherry tomato salad.  The addition of olives and a sprinkle of feta on top give a nice salty counterbalance to the cool, creamy tzatziki.  Served on homemade wheat pita, this makes an awesome lunch or dinner.  So there you go – I thought I had better share at least one healthy meal before I start in on all the holiday baking :)


1½ cups cooked chicken, coarsely chopped or shredded
½ cup cucumber, diced
¾ cup tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/3 cup red onion, finely chopped
2-3 tbsp. sliced black olives (or Kalamata olives)
1 cup tzatziki sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pita, for serving
Crumbled feta cheese


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    Combine the chicken, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, olives and tzatziki sauce in a medium bowl.  Stir well to combine.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.  Serve as desired over pita bread, topped with crumbled feta cheese.

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    *Note: Readers frequently ask if they can use Greek yogurt rather than buying plain yogurt and straining it.  You absolutely can do that, but I prefer to strain my own yogurt because it is simply much cheaper than buying an equal amount of Greek yogurt.


  • I can’t wait to make this. I need something light after Thanksgiving!

  • Wow, this looks like something my boyfriend would love! You always impress me with your pics and recipes!

  • i definitely am needing some healthy eating after the holiday! i like these alternative flavors to typical chicken salad

  • Cool recipe! I love how easy it is.

  • Jessica

    I’ve been making something very similar for a couple of years. It is such a great salad and an easy lunch! I like to use the rotisserie chicken from costco and their tzatziki sauce as well to make it even easier.

  • i’ve definitely been raving some lighter meals too, especially the loads of DELICIOUS thanksgiving food i ate. this look light, fresh, and yummy!

  • Yum, what a good idea!

  • This looks amazing! Wonderful photo too!

  • Yum! Light and healthy is exactly what I’m looking for after the Thanksgiving eat-a-thon!

  • Love this idea, Annie!

  • Jeannie Prinz

    What is tzatziki sauce?

  • This looks delicious! You’re making me wish it was in my meal plan for this week!

  • feel like eating this now,.

  • I want to make this. ‘Nuff said.

  • Annie

    If you click on the link in the recipe you will see what ingredients it contains.

  • Love this recipe! I love any chicken salad, especially with some new flavors added.

  • Oooh, this sounds like such a delicious chicken salad! I love anything greek! :)

  • Our tummies full of turkey could all use something a bit more light. This is such a perfect idea, Annie, and great timing for sharing such a delicious dish. Thank you for sharing.

  • That looks great! I love anything that involves feta and kalamata olives!

  • Oh yes! I definately have to try this recipe. It looks so darn good! The olives, red onion, feta and tzatziki sauce…my mouth is watering now!

  • Love this recipe. Simple twist to a great salad.

  • Love chicken salad.. what a great twist on a classic. I am definitely going to have to try this very soon!

  • What a fun twist on this classic! I can’t wait to try this :)

  • Glad you had a great Thanksgiving! We love chicken salad recipes like this. They are perfect to have in the fridge when you know you’ve got a couple of hectic days coming up, so that alone makes it great for the holiday season. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Jessie

    I’ll be trying this out for sure with some of my leftover turkey!

  • This looks so delicious! Will definetely have to try it for the lunch!

  • Abby

    What’s the best way to cook the chicken for this recipe? I plan to make a big batch for an upcoming baby shower.

  • Annie

    Any way you like is fine, as long as it is cooked.

  • Austyn

    I just made this and it’s great!
    The only difference is that I used a premade tzatziki sauce from my grocery store’s deli and I’m serving it on Pepperidge Farm Deli Flats.
    It’s amazing! Thanks Annie!

  • joyce

    I know you said any way is fine, but I’ve never been that confident about the way I cook chicken. How do you make it?

  • Anonymous

    I truly don’t have a preferred method, it just depends on my time, what dishes are available, etc.

  • Liznoe

    I just made this for supper..and it is delicious. Gonna serve it on whole wheat pita and a cup of tomato soup!!