Mediterranean Many Layered Salad
Over the past few weeks I shared with you the basic "7-Layer-Salad" recipe and the "Mexican Layered Salad". The layered-salad recipes still to come in posts later this year are:
Asian Seven Layer twist
Spring Life Layered Salad
Today I am sharing the Mediterranean Many Layered Salad version that I created.
Romaine Lettuce (washed, drained and chopped)
1 can of black olives(drained) (green olives or stuffed olives are both great options)
1 jar of banana peppers (drained)
1 red onion (peeled and sliced into rings)
1 block of feta cheese (cut or crumbled)
1 1/2 cups of cooked chicken (cooled and cut into bite sized chunks)
1 package of garlic couscous (cooked according to the package and cooled)
1 large container of greek yogurt (about 1 1/2 to 2 cups) (it must be the thick greek yogurt)
juice from 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 of a burpless cucumber (peeled and washed) (Optional- see NOTE)
Prepare the ingredients as listed above. Mix the greek yogurt, lemon juice, salt/pepper(add to taste but remember the cheese & olives are salty - I only added a dash of salt) and cucumber in a food processor until well blended (NOTE: I think it is too runny with the cucumber but my husband thinks it is too thick and dry without. It's up to you whether to use the cucumber or not). I like to see the beautiful layers of this salad so I use a large glass bowl (However, if you don't own one then any large serving bowl will do - stainless steel, ceramic - whatever).
|All ingredients have been prepared according to the instructions above and are now ready to be layered.|
Begin layering the salad and start with the lettuce first.
The order doesn't really matter but this is the order in which I build this salad (going from the bottom of the bowl to the top):
2. Red Onions
4. Yogurt mixture
5. Banana Peppers
8. Feta Cheese
When you are dishing up this salad - make sure you serve all of the layers and scoop all the way down to the bottom of the bowl.
I like to serve pita chips or just plain pita bread with this salad.