This Chopped Greek Salad is the ultimate keto summer salad recipe! Packed with veggies and some grilled chicken, it’s a healthy satisfying meal.
Summer is in full swing, my friends. It’s hot out there and many of us don’t feel like cooking. And we want to make the most of the fresh summer produce.
Well, this Chopped Greek Chicken Salad is the perfect keto dinner salad. With plenty of fresh veggies, some grilled protein, and tons of great flavor, it’s a truly satisfying meal.
Chopping all the ingredients up makes for a pretty presentation and it’s easier to serve and eat. It’s great for a family meal or a casual gathering of friends.
Top is all off with a bright and easy Greek salad dressing, and you’ve got it made in the shade!
Greek Salad with Chicken
Greek salad has long been one of my summer favorites, but it’s more of a side dish than a full meal. A typical Greek salad is made with tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, red onion, feta, olives, and a tangy vinaigrette dressing.
While all of those ingredients are pretty low carb, it can add up a bit if you’re trying to stay keto.
Traditional Greek salad doesn’t have any lettuce, but nothing says you can’t add it in to get some additional fiber and nutrition. Adding romaine lettuce also helps increase the volume of the salad, so you can go lighter on the carbs.
And topping it with some cooked chicken or another healthy protein like salmon or shrimp can take your Greek salad from side dish to main meal.
All that great Greek salad flavor turned into a healthy keto main dish. Now that’s what summer is all about.
What are chopped salads?
Chopped salad simply refers to a salad in which the ingredients are chopped into smaller pieces and tossed together. Really, the ingredients are more diced than coarsely chopped.
I think the first time I ever heard of chopped salad was at The Yard House, and it was a delicious southwestern version.
The advantages of chopped salad are that it’s easier to serve and to eat. No big leaves of lettuce flopping around the plate, no hunks of tomato or other vegetables that you’re trying to spear with your fork.
Because the pieces are smaller than bite-sized, you can scoop them up on your fork more easily AND you get a good mix of every ingredient in each bite.
How to make Greek Chopped Salad
Greek salad ingredients are perfect for making chopped salad, as they lend themselves well to being chopped up more finely than bite-size.
Making a chopped salad does take a bit longer, since you have to spend time dicing all of your ingredients. But it’s worth it!
A few tips for the ultimate Keto Chopped Salad:
- Use a large sharp knife. A dull knife is unsafe, as it takes more force to cut through ingredients. It’s more likely to slip and to cut you badly than a properly sharpened blade.
- You really want the ingredients to be chopped into about ½ inch pieces (also known as medium diced). Lettuce doesn’t exactly dice like other veggies, but just aim for small pieces.
- For the chicken, you can cook your own (I recommend boneless, skinless thighs, nicely grilled), or you can use store-bought rotisserie chicken.
- The feta doesn’t need to be chopped, simply crumble it with your fingers.
- The olives have pits, so they won’t chop either. But you can do canned black olive slices if you prefer.
How to serve Chopped Greek Chicken Salad
For an eye-catching presentation, you can take a large platter and arrange all the ingredients in lines or another pattern. Then you can serve it with salad tongs and people can scoop up what they like and put it on their plates.
This is a great way to serve keto chopped salad to your guests.
Alternatively, you can toss everything together in a large bowl and serve it all mixed up. I recommend holding back on the feta and olives and sprinkling those on each individual serving.
Pass the dressing at the table so people can dress to their own liking.
Can chopped salad be made ahead?
Most salads can be made a day in advance and stored in the fridge, with no loss of flavor or appearance.
But never ever add any dressing, if you plan to make it ahead. Lettuce begins to wilt the moment it comes into contact with liquids. And salt tends to leach the moisture out of vegetables within minutes. Dressed salads get soggy within an hour or two.
For a chopped salad, you can prep all the ingredients the day before and store them separately, and then arrange them or toss together just before you plan to serve.
Ready to make this delicious keto Greek salad?
More delicious keto salad recipes
- Keto Salmon Avocado Salad
- Creamy Cauliflower Salad
- Thai Cucumber Salad
- Keto Thai Chicken Salad
- Italian Sub Salad
- Chimichurri Steak Salad
Chopped Greek Chicken Salad
- 1 head baby romaine lettuce, diced (or half of one large head)
- 1 medium tomato, diced (I used yellow tomatoes for color)
- 1 small red pepper, diced
- 1 ½ cups diced cucumber
- ¼ cup diced red onion
- 1 ¼ lb cooked chicken, diced
- ½ cup crumbled feta
- ⅓ cup kalamata olives
- ¼ cup avocado or olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoon dried majoram
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Option 1: Lay all of the ingredients out decoratively in lines on a large platter. Allow people to scoop up the various portions as they like.
- Option 2: Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl and divide among four large plates.
- In a jar or bottle with a sealable lid, combine all the dressing ingredients and shake well. Serve with the salad at the table.
Pinky Pincus says
This looks wonderful. If I have leftover salad dressing, does it need to be refrigerated?
Thank you for “doing all of the hard work” of each of your recipes. I love your cookbooks!!
Don’t hate me for asking, but what would you suggest to substitute the Feta??
Or is there a feta that doesn’t taste like Feta????
Sub whatever cheese you want!
Susan Yakus says
Happy New Year! Do you have any way that you keep lettuce so that it stays fresh longer. Mine goes rusty so fast. Thanks for all your tips!
I don’t have any special tricks for that, I’m afraid. Layered salads like the 7 Layer can do well because the top layers form a bit of a barrier. You could do this one that way too.
Debbie Quinn says
I haven’t tried the hacks, but it’s definitely worth it.
Debbie Quinn says
See my response to Carolyn below. I’m going to try the fresh lettuce hack today actually. Good luck,!
Yummy!! I love Greek style salads, and this one is on point! And so easy to put together as well.
Makes a great and easy lunch. I don’t mind lettuce in my greek salad!
Delicious! I got pitted Kalamata olives from Trader Joes and they worked great (and no pits) Will definitely be making this again! Makes for a perfect lunch.
I’ve made this twice already…so so soooo good! I was getting into a rut with the same few salads over and over again and this was exactly the change we needed around here. There’s a bit of prep work involved but so worth it!
Oh this looks delicious! I really love chopped salads. As long as you have some good protein and fat in there they can be totally filling as a standalone meal. I’m adding this to my meal plan for next week!
pdx girl says
Your pic is awesome. There’s a Mediterranean Restaurant out here in Hillsboro called Gyrohouse Mediterranean Grill. i get the Chicken Shawarma plate w/out rice so they give me extra salad. It is so good. My husband who is not keto gets the gyro’s of course, they also these little crispy potatoes rounds w/a spicy garlic dip which I get extra for my salad. I don’t eat the potatoes, but from what I’ve heard they’re delicious. They do have other locations in SE, Wilsonville & Sherwood.
My favorite salad!! I always recommend the best feta you can buy- it makes a difference to me.
Is that The Yard House out here in Boston? Great restaurant if so!
It was… back when I lived there. There happens to be one here in Portland too, but it was Boston where I first indulged in chopped salad.