Chicken Gyro Salad with Creamy Tzatziki

Love a classic chicken gyro recipe? How about trying it on a salad! This light and healthy gyro salad is completed with a generous dollop of thick creamy Tzatziki Sauce.

Chicken Gyro Salad (or Wraps) with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce! #gyro #salad #tzatzikisauce

We eat a lot of salads in the spring.

Partly because fresh greens and veggies are readily available at the newly opened farmers markets, and partly because swimsuit season is looming on the horizon.

In the spring, I love taking traditional dishes and revamping them into light and healthy salads. One of my very favorite traditional dishes is a chicken gyro recipe. I am crazy over the combination of zesty grilled chicken, cucumber, mint leaves, and thick tzatziki sauce.

Making - Chicken Gyro Salad (or Wraps) with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce! #gyro #salad #tzatzikisauce

I know, I know… traditional tzatziki sauce is somewhat thin. But I like mine to have a little stand-up power. I make tzatziki sauce extra thick and creamy with lots of cucumber, lemon zest, and dill.

It is sooooooo good guys. So good.

Creamy Tzatziki Sauce! #gyro #salad #tzatzikisauce

And of course the perfect topper for a chicken gyro recipe, or a chicken gyro salad!

So today I’ve simply reduced the bread and increased the greens to make a lighter version of this beloved dish.

You could use this recipe to make marvelous classic gyros with tzatziki sauce, but if you are planning that beach trip or needing to buy shorts for the season… why not go for a salad.

I promise, you won’t miss the extra bread.

Easy Chicken Gyro Salad (or Wraps) with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce! #gyro #salad #tzatzikisauce

Just whip up the tzatziki sauce, grill the marinated chicken, and pile on the veggie toppings.

Give each salad a couple flat bread wedges and a dollop of tzatziki sauce, and you have a very satisfying and healthy dinner everyone will love.

I say bring on the warm weather and bring on the greens!

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Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Chicken Gyro Recipe - Tzatziki Sauce

Ingredients:

For the Tzatziki Sauce:

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 hot house cucumber
  • 1 lemon, zest + 1 Tb. juice
  • 1 Tb. olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tb. fresh chopped dill
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

For the Chicken:

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 Tb. red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tb. olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper

For the Salad:

  • 2 pieces flat bread (or 4 if making classic gyros, not the salad)
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 small red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1 cup sliced tomato wedges
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce (2 cups for classic gyros)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the grill to high heat. Place the chicken in a baking dish and top with vinegar, oil, herbs, 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper to taste. Mix to coat and allow the chicken to marinate for at least 15 minutes. 
  2. For the Tzatziki Sauce: Cut the cumber in half. Use half for the tzatziki sauce and slice the remaining half for the salad. Peel the half of the cucumber for the tzatziki sauce and grate it with a cheese grater. Wrap the shredded cucumber in paper towel and squeeze it firmly over the sink to extract extra moisture. Then place the cumber in a bowl. Add the zest on 1 lemon, 1 Tb. lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, dill, salt and pepper. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Once the grill is hot, lower the heat to medium and grill the chicken for approximately 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken and allow it to rest 5 minutes before cutting.
  4. For the Salad: Pile chopped romaine in 4 bowls. Cut the flat bread into wedges. Slice the chicken and layer on top of each salad.  Then arrange mint, red onion, cucumbers, tomato, flat bread wedges and tzatziki sauce all around the chicken.
  5. For a classic Chicken Gyro Recipe: Place 4 warmed flatbreads on plates. Pile each romaine, mint, red onion, cucumbers, tomato and top with chicken and tzatziki sauce.

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23 Responses to “Chicken Gyro Salad with Creamy Tzatziki”

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    Jenny Flake — April 21, 2014 @ 7:13 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these flavors! Great recipe!!

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    Maria — April 21, 2014 @ 7:14 am

    Great salad for summer!

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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — April 21, 2014 @ 7:16 am

    Chicken gyro salad s so good and I love homemade Tzatziki!

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    Christine from Cook the Story — April 21, 2014 @ 7:26 am

    I love Tzatziki sauce, and I’d like a bowl full of that salad goodness right now!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — April 21, 2014 @ 7:48 am

    Um, this is my kind of salad!! Love the flavors, Sommer!

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    Amy (Super Healthy Kids) — April 21, 2014 @ 7:55 am

    So delicious Sommer!

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    marla — April 21, 2014 @ 8:26 am

    Love this healthy salad!!

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    Heather Christo — April 21, 2014 @ 8:36 am

    this looks like the perfect salad for our household!! love it!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — April 21, 2014 @ 8:52 am

    LOVE this so so much. I’m obsessed with Greek food and this just about makes me wanna have it for dinner!

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 21, 2014 @ 8:59 am

    Yes to this gorgeous salad. I love tzatziki; I could eat it my the spoonful. I can’t wait to make this salad. Yum!

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    Gaby — April 21, 2014 @ 9:09 am

    Amazing flavors, love it!

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    Naomi — April 21, 2014 @ 9:56 am

    Yes, I’m all for trying it on a salad!

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    Tanya Schroeder — April 21, 2014 @ 1:08 pm

    This is a wonderful summer salad. Love anything Greek, especially tzatziki sauce!!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — April 21, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

    I love gyros, what a perfect lunch or light dinner!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — April 21, 2014 @ 5:25 pm

    Maybe I am just hungry, but this looks so appealing. Its a little smorgasbord on a
    plate. Plus I love greek yogurt dipping sauce. It would make an awesome lunch that I could have at work.

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    Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron — April 21, 2014 @ 9:04 pm

    Yum…I love a thick tzatziki as well :) Sounds nice and fresh for spring!

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living — April 21, 2014 @ 9:11 pm

    Love this lightened up version of gyro!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — April 22, 2014 @ 1:37 pm

    I just posted a gyro salad today too! Great minds. I love how you presented yours with everything separated, very pretty.

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — April 22, 2014 @ 4:36 pm

    Gyros make all of us happy, my family would love this!

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    JanetFCTC — April 22, 2014 @ 5:27 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing. Is there anything that isn’t delicious with Tzatziki Sauce? :-D

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    Nancy Long — April 22, 2014 @ 6:43 pm

    Perfect, we have been invited to a friend’s timeshare in Cancun in a few weeks and this will be perfect for lunch one day. I’ve been trying to decide simple recipes to take with me.

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    Samantha Velez — April 24, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

    I love how you made this a light meal by making it a salad instead of a wrap. It includes all of my favorite things about gyros (the flavor, Tzatziki, vegetables, etc.) but in a lighter version using lettuce as a bed for all the toppings. Great recipe!

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