Sunday, July 3, 2011

Greek Chicken and Rice Salad


After an extended rainy season, summer is here in full force.  Surprisingly, though I'm still getting tons of greens in my veggie box because of the rainy season.  Usually it's tomatoes and squash starting to come in at this point, so I've had to rethink my normal summer cooking strategies.

Salads are my answer.  Spinach is actually well received by both my kids and they will eat anything with rice so I after reviewing the contents of my fridge (feta, olives, roasted red peppers from a jar), Greek food came to mind.

Don't overthink this, I'm giving you my version, but do like I did...go to your fridge and use whatever you find in there. 


Seasonal Veggies - spinach, red onions, cucumbers

CWYG Items - feta, chicken breasts, roasted red peppers, olives, garlic, lemons, olive oil, oregano

Greek Chicken and Rice Salad
zest and juice of 1 lemon (no lemons use 1 tbsp red wine vinegar)
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tsp dried oregano 
kosher salt and pepper to taste
3 tbsp olive oil2 chicken breasts, grilled and sliced
3 cups cooked rice (I used brown short-grain)
1 lb spinach, washed and stems removed
1 small red onion, thinly sliced and soaked in salt water
1 cup crumbled feta
a handful of olives
1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
chopped cucumbers (if you have them)

Mix the lemon zest and juice, garlic, oregano and olive oil in a large bowl. Taste and add salt and pepper until it tastes good to you.

Toss with the remaining ingredients.  Taste again and adjust seasonings.  This may mean adding more lemon juice or vinegar, salt pepper or even olive oil if it's too acidic.  Be flexible and change up what you need to.
Copyright 2011 Christi Flaherty, TablaVie Cooking Classes

Gowalla Now! Farmers Markets are in their prime!!

This is the time when the farmer's markets are in full swing!  So go and see what you can find.  Come back here and get inspired to Cook What You've Got!

In response to an initiative by Fridgidaire called Save the Children Kids Cooking Academy, I took the challenge to visit farmers' markets regularly. Each time I do and check in via Gowalla, $1 will be donated to
this awesome program.  Here is the link if you would like to do the same.

Just think, one simple action and look how many people will be positively affected:
  1. Farmers will make a fair income
  2. Children will be rescued from impoverished conditions
  3. You will have amazing produce that will taste beyond anything at the supermarkets!
Get out there.  Not sure where to get to?  Go to and find out.

Copyright 2011 Christi Flaherty, TablaVie Cooking Classes

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