Mediterranean Salads – Easy Family Dinner

Mediterranean salads are packed with flavor and heart-healthy nutrients. For this reason, these salads are ideal for a family dinner.

What’s nice about this salad is you can easily personalize the ingredients on each family member’s plate. I have one daughter who doesn’t care for cheese, so I would leave off the feta on hers. On top of that, they’re budget friendly, so all the way around, they’re a win.

Mediterranean salad with lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, olives, pepperoncini, and feta cheese
Mediterranean Salad

My husband and I enjoy having a variety of dinners. We try to switch things up in order to balance our diet. For example, one night, we might have homemade bean soup. The next night we’re likely to have mock Swiss steak. After all that deliciousness, we kick the nutrition up a notch and have a salad on the third night.

Best Mediterranean Salads in Florida

My family used to live in Pinellas County, Florida, close to the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs. One of the things we loved about the area was the strong Greek culture … and of course, the food. I love all Greek food—especially the Mediterranean salad.

Sponge boat named "Little Joe" on the water at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks
Sponge Boat in Tarpon Springs, FL

Since there are so many restaurants in Tarpon Springs, we tried to sample a variety. However, there was one place we kept going back to because my husband loved the bakery. I like Greek pastries too. However, when I found out I needed to cut out gluten, I wasn’t able to enjoy them anymore. Such a bummer!

On a more positive note, I didn’t have to cut out the salads. The only thing I had to do was make sure mine didn’t have croutons, which wasn’t a problem. As long as it has feta cheese, I’m happy.

A great date night with my husband is to start with a walk along the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. Afterward, we enjoy choosing a restaurant based on what we’re in the mood for. I typically get soup and a salad, but there are times when I get a dish with lamb. I used to finish with baklava, but now I’m more likely to have Greek-style rice pudding.

Statue of a sponge diver on the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, FL
Sponge Diver

What Goes in Mediterranean Salads?

Mediterranean salads can be made up of a variety of vegetables, meats, olives, and cheeses. That said, some of the most popular and common items include lettuce (of course), tomatoes, black olives, and chicken. I like to top mine with feta because that adds depth to the flavor.

To me, it’s not an authentic Mediterranean salad without Greek dressing and pepperoncini. I also enjoy anchovies, but because my husband doesn’t care for them I leave them off. Most of the time, I add sliced bell peppers, but I didn’t have any for this salad.

Bottle of Greek salad dressing and jar of pepperoncini
Greek Dressing and Pepperoncini

How to Make Mediterranean Salads with Chicken

Since I always have some sort of lettuce on hand, I use whatever I have. I like chopping it into smaller pieces because I don’t like flinging oily Greek dressing around with a too-big bite.

Whatever lettuce you have on hand is good in a Mediterranean salad.
Chopped Salad Mix

Secondly, cut boneless skinless chicken breast into bite-size pieces. Then season it with thyme, oregano, and basil, and a little bit of salt and pepper. After that, cook it in a pan with olive oil.

Bite-size chicken with olive oil and seasonings frying in a skillet.
Bite-size Chicken

While the chicken is cooking, put all of the other ingredients in wide salad bowls. As soon as the chicken finishes cooking add it to the top. It’s good as is, but I just happened to have some feta cheese crumbles. Bam! That immediately elevated it to the highest level of Mediterranean salads.

If you have leftover rotisserie chicken, you may add that instead. However, you’ll have to steam the chicken pieces in the seasonings if you want the Mediterranean flavors.

Mediterranean salad with lettuce, tomatoes, olives, chicken, pepperoncini, and feta cheese
Greek salad

Food Blogs I Follow

I’m such a foodie, so I love reading recipes and looking at pictures of new dishes. Here are some of the blogs I enjoy:
Back to My Southern Roots
Southern Plate
Southern Bite
Julia’s Simply Southern
Big Bear’s Wife
Mrs. Happy Homemaker
Marilyn’s Treats
Sweet Little Bluebird
Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
The Country Cook

Mediterranean Salad in Tarpon Springs

Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, FL, with a sign that calls it the "sponge capitol of the world."
Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

If you ever have the opportunity to visit Tarpon Springs, take it. They have some of the best festivals with boatloads of sponges and delicious Greek food. While you’re there, make sure you get a salad. Without a doubt, you’ll go home with some of the best memories to share with friends and family.

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