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Chicken Gyro Salad with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce

Light and Zesty Chicken Gyro Salad with Creamy Tzatziki RecipeTry our light and healthy Chicken Gyro Salad with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce, it’s packed with veggies and irresistible!

Chicken Gyro Salad with Creamy Tzatziki Recipe

We eat a lot of fresh 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.

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

How To: Chicken Gyro Salad with Creamy Tzatziki Recipe

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!

Easy Chicken Gyro Salad with Creamy Tzatziki Recipe

And of course it’s the perfect topper for a chicken gyro recipe, or a Chicken Gyro Salad with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce.

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 Chicken Gyro Salad with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce recipe to make marvelous classic gyro sandwiches, 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.

Healthy Chicken Gyro Salad with Creamy Tzatziki Recipe

How to Make Chicken Gyro Salad with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce

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 greens and the warm weather will follow!

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Chicken Gyro Salad with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Chicken Gyro Salad with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce - This chicken gyro recipe with thick creamy yogurt sauce is light and low carb, yet totally irresistible!
Servings: 4

Ingredients

For the Tzatziki Sauce:

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 hothouse cucumber
  • 1 lemon, zested + 1 tablespoon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

For the Chicken:

For the Salad:

  • 2 pieces flatbread
  • 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)

Instructions

  • Preheat the grill to high heat. Place the chicken in a baking dish and top with vinegar, oil, herbs, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Mix to coat and allow the chicken to marinate for at least 15 minutes. 
  • For the Tzatziki Sauce: Cut the cucumber 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 yogurt, zest on 1 lemon, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, dill, salt and pepper. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Notes

NOTES: 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 12ounces, Calories: 311kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 75mg, Sodium: 458mg, Potassium: 1012mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 141.3%, Vitamin C: 24.8%, Calcium: 14.6%, Iron: 12.8%
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Greek
Author: Sommer Collier

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26 comments on “Chicken Gyro Salad with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce”

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  2. Stumbled across this gem on pintrest. Made the recipe exactly as is for dinner tonight- only alteration was I added fresh mint to the tzatziki instead of on the side. Absolute perfection!

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  5. 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!

  6. 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.

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

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

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

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

  11. Love this lightened up version of gyro!

  12. 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.

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

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

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

  16. Amazing flavors, love it!

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

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

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

  20. Love this healthy salad!!

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

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

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

  24. Great salad for summer!

  25. LOVE LOVE LOVE these flavors! Great recipe!!