Recently we had a couple over for Friday night dinner, and I wanted to cook something that was fresh and summery, but a meal that could mostly be done ahead of time so I could enjoy the company. I decided upon plates of all of our Greek favorites: tabbouleh with quinoa, tzatziki, Greek marinated chicken and our three minute hummus.
You will definitely put your food processor to use for this meal, but it is easy and all of these items are GREAT leftover! One trick I used was instead of using regular pita bread as a side, I purchased one package of frozen Naan from Trader Joe’s. It only takes one minute to heat up – literally – and is the perfect taste and texture for this dish.
Once you have the tabbouleh and tzatiki completed and the chicken marinating whip up our easy hummus recipe while your food processor is still out. Then dollop hummus onto your Greek plates or use as an appetizer. https://adelinealley.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/3-minute-homemade-hummus/
Two bundles of flat leaf parsley, washed
Carton of cherry tomatoes, chopped
One package of Green onions, chopped
One seeded, chopped cucumber
Juice of one Lemon
Several sprigs of mint, chopped
1/2 c. Olive oil, plus 1 Tbs.
1 1/4 tsp. Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
Quinoa, 1 cup dried – cooked according to package
Put parsley in food processor with 1 Tbs. olive oil. Pulse until finely chopped – this will not take long. Pour into large mixing bowl.
Combine all other ingredients with parsley and quinoa. Done! Place in fridge for several hours to let flavors develop.
Greek Marinade for Chicken
1 c. Fat Free Greek yogurt
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice and zest of one lemon
1/2 Tbs. Dried Oregano
1/2 tsp. Salt
Chicken breasts and thighs (I used one pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and one pack of boneless, skinless chicken thighs)
Combine all ingredients, pour over chicken in ziplock and let marinate in fridge for at least one hour.
One large, peeled English cucumber
1/2 Tbs. Salt (for salting cucumbers)
2 cups plain Greek yogurt
Juice of one Lemon
Ground black pepper
Put cucumber in food processor, pulse. Put cucumbers in colander with salt on top so they will drain much of their liquid. Let sit 10 minutes.
Combine all other ingredients. Once cucumbers are drained add in and top with additional sprig of dill. Yum! I like this on pretty much everything.
OPA!! Enjoy your Greek feast!