This enormous grilled Mediterranean chicken salad is loaded with fresh ingredients and all your favorite Mediterranean flavors such as olives, red onion, cucumber, grilled chicken, lemon juice and an array of herbs and spices.
In a small bowl, whisk the ingredients to marinate the chicken; olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, honey, parsley, garlic, oregano, basil, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Reserve half of the marinade for salad dressing and pour the remaining over the chicken thighs. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Heat a grill pan or outdoor grill; add the chicken thighs and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes until the chicken is cooked through with beautiful grill marks. Transfer the grilled chicken to a plate and set it aside.
Meanwhile, prepare the salad ingredients and mix them in a large bowl. Slice the cooked chicken and place it over the salad and drizzle the reserved dressing over the salad, and toss.
Garnish the salad with lemon wedges and serve immediately.
Reserve half of the marinade to use as the salad dressing.
Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes but up to overnight.
Bring the chicken to room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling.
Skip the whisk and pour all of the marinade ingredients into a lidded jar, and give it a good shake.
Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes to make the dressing more or less spicy.
Use chicken breasts if preferred. Chicken should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F when checked with a meat thermometer. Add sliced avocado, hard boiled eggs, croutons, roasted red peppers or feta cheese to take this salad to a whole other level of goodness. For easy meal prep, store the undressed salad and chicken in separate containers. Combine with the salad dressing just before serving.