This recipe for Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad is a fresh spin on the summertime classic. Loaded with crispy fresh veggies and herbs, it’s sure to be a light healthy favorite. 

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad | Kita Roberts

Fun fact; Cold noodles and heavy mayo based salads have freaked me out since childhood. Weird.

Yeah, I know.

I’m learning to get over it, and have come to really enjoy a few. But for the most part, the heavy picnic traditions are a wash to me, as I would rather chow down on a grilled hot dog and skip the sides.  

Now that I do 99.9% of my own cooking, I have come up with a few summer standbys, like this easy broccoli salad, or this crazy good tortellini salad, that have become my go so pot-luck staples, but I am still always developing things that I can bring along.

Now, the exception to the mayo-based salad rule for me has to be chicken salad. I don’t think I had it until I was well into my late teens and I kind of fell in love with the creamy mix of chicken and onions. We kept it pretty basic, celery, peppers, salt and that sort of thing, tossed with some cooked chicken.

Since then I have been mixing it up, (think curry chicken salad or bbq chicken salad), making my own aiolis, and twisting the classic so that I can really love it.

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad | Kita Roberts

What you need:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Persian Marinade
  • Lemons
  • Red Onion
  • Red green and orange pepper (yellow works too, be bold)
  • Celery
  • Mushrooms 
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Olives
  • salt and pepper
  • Herbs and spices: oregano, basil, Red pepper flakes, cardamom
  • olive oil
  • Couscous
  • feta
  • Few sprigs of fresh parsley oregano, and thyme, minced for garnish
  • Bib lettuce or Pita for serving
Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad | Kita Roberts

I’d say what I threw together was crazy delicious! With quick and easy ingredients too. And it will most certainly be added to my growing rotation of updated picnic classics. Want another amazing light salad recipe? Give this avocado tuna salad a try.

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad | Kita Roberts

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Salad | Kita Roberts
This recipe takes a twist on an easy recipe and gives it a bold fresh flavor with a mediterranean twist for Grilled Chicken Salad!


  • 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 package Wild Garden Persian Marinade
  • 3 lemons divided
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 1 red pepper stem and seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 orange pepper stem and seeds removed, chopped
  • 1 green pepper stem and seeds removed, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1/2 pint mushrooms cleaned and sliced
  • 14.5 oz can artichoke hearts quartered, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup sliced olives
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teas oregano
  • 1/4 teas basil
  • 1/4 teas red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teas cardamom
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 package Wild Garden Couscous
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta
  • Few sprigs fresh parsley oregano, and thyme, minced for garnish
  • Bib lettuce or Pita for serving


  • Pat the chicken dry and place in a resealable container, coating the Wild Garden Persian Marinade. Cover and place in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
  • When ready to grill, clean the grates and allow the grill to heat.
  • Grill the chicken over indirect heat until an instant read thermometer reads 160 flipping once halfway through.
  • Wrap in foil and allow to rest, allowing the temp to rise to 165.
  • Meanwhile, slice two lemons in half and char over the flame. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, toss the onion, peppers, celery, mushrooms, artichoke hearts and olives in a large bowl.
  • When the chicken has cooked, give it a rough chop and mix it in with the vegetables. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper.
  • Whisk the oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, cardamom together in a small bowl. Squeeze in the juice from one lemon and add the olive oil. Stir to combine.
  • Cook the Wild Garden Couscous according to the package. And toss into the salad. Mix to combine.
  • Sprinkle with feta, and garnish with fresh minced herbs like parsley, thyme or oregano.
  • Arrange the fresh chicken salad on a platter with the charred lemon wedges. Serve with bib lettuce or pita pockets for serving as edible cups.


Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 347mg | Potassium: 593mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1081IU | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Author: Kita Roberts

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  1. I used to hate cheese on burgers (meat, ketchup and bun only), tacos were ordered as meat and cheese only, wouldn’t eat anything green that wasn’t grapes or apple (I claimed the only good veggies were corn and carrots), thought fruit pies were gross (because mushy fruit = spoiled fruit), and always had my condiments on the side to be dipped in to (including nachos cheese, syrup, and pasta sauce). Thank goodness i got over all of that mess. As for this salad, I always have a weakness for Mediterranean flavors and I know I’d love it.