So, I’m not sure if you have all noticed, but it has been hot out lately.
Heat and I do not get along that well. I spend a lot of time indoors during the “lovely” hot, dry California summer.
Of course when it is hot no one wants to cook, so I thought I’d give you a quick and easy, heat-free recipe for your summer enjoyment 🙂
If you’re not familiar with Tzatziki, it’s a Greek yogurt sauce/dip that I am pretty much in love with. Featuring creamy yogurt, refreshing cucumber, zesty garlic and, in my case, fresh mint and dill, this is definitely a handy thing to have around the house for those scorching hot days. It’s great with pita, and also with a spoon.
Today’s application, however, uses it to create a light and filling chicken salad 😀
Now, I want to preface this by saying that this tzatziki recipe is in NO WAY meant to be at all authentic. It is my cheap and easy way of recreating something very delicious, and came entirely from my own head. Feel free to find a more accurate tzatziki recipe, and use that for your chicken salad 🙂
Also, this is the first preview you get of the fruits of my garden 😀
More on that in the future.
Tzatziki Chicken Salad
approximately serves 2
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 cooked chicken breast
- 1 – 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
- 1/4 fresh mint, chopped
- 1 -2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped (you can use dried if that’s what you have)
- garlic salt
- onion powder
- 1/4 cup chopped red onion
- 1 tomato
- 1 pita, cut in half
Slice your cucumbers as thin as possible. I did this using a mandoline, but if you don’t have one, you can try to slice it very thin, or you can also grate it, which will give you a different finished texture (still delicious). If you use slices, I recommend cutting them in half or quarters, for ease of eating.
Next, chop your chicken.
Next, mix the yogurt, cucumbers, herbs and spices. Adjust salt, pepper, and garlic to your liking. This is your “tzatziki”.
Then, mix in the chicken and red onion.
Next, slice your tomato.
Then stuff your pita! I did one layer of tomato on the bottom, and then stuffed to the brim with chicken salad!
PS – if you’re at all thinking that this post is way longer than it needs to be (yes, you just mix stuff in a bowl and put it in a pita) it’s because I’ve been having fun with the default macro setting on my camera and discovering the passable amount of light I get in the kitchen in the afternoon 🙂 I couldn’t take all of those pictures and not share them!