So I finally ran out of my Greek Pork and cucumber salsa for these greek pork pitas, but that didn’t mean I was ready to move on… so I pulled together what I had and built this bowl with all of the same amazing flavors! I can’t get enough. I’m sure when I prep my next batch of pork and cucumber salsa, I’ll use both on this and maybe just MAYBE… alternate between a bowl and pitas every night.
More likely I’ll eat the pitas every night. But I don’t want to get sick of them! And sometimes I mix it up just to mix it up. And sometimes taking a fork to a giant bowl for a good thirty minutes— is where it’s at.
Ok so have you ever made that super simple, ugly, but DELICIOUS lentil dip from the three Trader Joe’s ingredients? I had it from my sister years ago after she had it sampled at Traders… and it’s been a go-to for parties every since. Lentils, bruschetta, feta. Serve with pita chips. Looks like dog food, taste like heaven.
Anyway, I had all of the stuff on hand and decided to whip a little up and throw it in this bowl. SO good.
I definitely would have thrown the cucumber salsa from the greek pita recipe on it if I still had some but since I was out… just a normal smattering of the same suspects. All fresh and vibrant and minty and amazing. Not a bit like dog food.Print
Mediterranean Power Salad
When I get in the mood for these fresh mediterranean flavors… there’s nothing better in the world. So healthy and vibrant and HUGE. I like a salad as big as my lap thanks.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 3
- Total Time: 13 minutes
- Yield: 1
- Category: Salad
- Cuisine: Mediterranean
For the Lentils
- 1/2 cup lentils (I get the steamed lentils from Trader Joes)
- 2 tbs pre-made bruschetta (I use the fresh from Trader Joes)
- 1 oz fat free feta (I get mine at Trader Joes. Excuse the broken record. Reduced fat or full fat will of course be great too!)
- Butter lettuce, chopped (100 grams) (For me the butter lettuce is KEY. So delicate and fresh and NEVER bitter.)
- Cucumbers, chopped (60 g)
- Cherry tomatoes, chopped (60 g)
- Red onion, diced (35 g)
- Bell pepper, diced (35 g)
- 105 g pre-cooked chicken breast of your choice (I used rotisserie chicken breast.)
- Large pinch of chopped fresh mint
- Salt and pepper
- 1 oz (28 g) favorite hummus (This was Black Garlic by Hope for only 2 fat/serving. I’m always just looking for hummus with the lowest fat since they can vary a lot.)
- 2 tbs (30 g) Tzatziki (make your own if you’re an overachiever! I went lazy and used Trader Joes.)
- A lemon for squeezing
For the Lentils
- Combine lentils, bruschetta, and feta- add a squeeze of lemon because why not! This is a classic and delicious Trader Joes dip. So good with pita chips! But also good thrown in this salad! Full of so much flavor.
For the Salad
- Heat a skillet over high heat. Spray with cooking spray and add shredded chicken. Sprinkle with a good pinch of kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano. Let it brown for just a minute then give it a good stir/toss and remove from heat. Quick is key.
- Fill your bowl with chopped butter lettuce and start topping with all of your veggies, chicken, a dollop of hummus, a good HEAVY sprinkle of fresh mint.
- Drizzle with Tzatziki and squeeze liberally with fresh lemon. Make sure to salt and pepper, especially your tomatoes and cucumbers.
- Toss and enjoy! Even better with a pita on the side or some crushed pita chips tossed in like croutons!
*If you need more dressing, squeeze more lemon, or of course add more tzatziki… or Bolthouse cucumber ranch works great. (Although personally I prefer their regular ranch.) I find them at almost any normal grocery store in the refrigerated section.
For easy logging, if you make this just like mine you can search “Lillie Eats and Tells Mediterranean Power Salad” in My Fitness Pal.
- Serving Size: This huge bowl
- Calories: 451
- Fat: 9.6
- Saturated Fat: 1.6
- Carbohydrates: 41.9
- Protein: 47.3