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Layered Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Layered Meditterannean Chicken Salad side view with utensils and plates on the table

This Mediterranean-inspired salad is beautifully layered and full of flavor. The dressing is easy to make with a basil pesto and Greek yogurt.

  • Author: Maryea Flaherty of Happy Healthy Mama
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: recipes
  • Method: assemble
  • Cuisine: mediterranean

Ingredients

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For the Couscous

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 cup pearl couscous (7oz/200g)
  • 2 cups chicken stock (17fl.oz / 500ml)

For the Salad

  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (1.2oz / 35g)
  • 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (3.9oz / 110g)
  • 5oz feta cheese (140g)
  • 1 large avocado
  • 4 cups arugula (2.8oz / 80g)
  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken (1lb 4oz / 560g)
  • 1/2 cup pitted olives (2.1oz / 60g) optional

For the Dressing

  • 1/2 cup basil pesto (4.2oz / 120g)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt (4.2oz / 120g)

Instructions

For the Couscous

  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan on medium-high. Toast couscous for 1-2 minutes, until
    lightly golden.
  2. Add chicken stock, bring to a rapid simmer, cover with a lid and
    reduce heat to low. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until couscous is tender. Drain off any excess
    liquid.

For the Salad

  1. While couscous cooks, prepare salad. Heat a small frying pan on medium-high. Toast pine
    nuts, stirring frequently, until lightly browned. Remove from heat.
  2. Roughly chop sun-dried tomatoes. Dice feta and avocado.

For the Dressing and to Complete the Salad

  1. Stir pesto and yogurt together until well combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour half of the dressing onto the cooked couscous and mix well. Place in the bottom of a
    large glass salad bowl (or smaller individual bowls).
  3. Top with most of the arugula and all of the chicken. Drizzle with dressing. Add sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, feta and olives, if using.
  4. Sprinkle with pine nuts and remaining arugula. Serve with any remaining dressing.

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Keywords: Mediterranean salad