I really thought that summer vacation would mean lazy days and lots of adventures. So far, summer vacation has been running from one camp to another and being just as busy as we are during the school year. Will was sent home from Kindergarten with some serious homework to keep his skills fresh. Which is a good thing, but to be honest I had to take a week off of homework before we started up again. Sometimes a kid (not to mention a mom) need a break. We have had lots of days at the pool and some trips to the park and play dates with friends. I love the freedom that summer brings. As I type this, we have no plan for the day. We are spending the morning watching a movie and will see where the day takes us. Probably a trip to our garden to see how it is doing and give it a good water. You just cannot do that in the winter.
As much as I love to cook, I do find that cooking in the summer is different. When the days in California are in the 100+, I just don’t want to get my kitchen hot and I really can’t fathom eating a heavy meal. Salads like this Chicken Pita Salad are exactly what I am looking for. You know how I love a simple dinner salad. Remember my fresh Market Salad? Or the best taco salad I have ever eaten? This Greek inspired salad is fresh, fast, and delicious. In minutes, I had a healthy family dinner on the table and everyone was happy about it. I had some chicken already cooked and tossed this together in a matter of minutes.
chicken breast, cooked and sliced
4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon fresh oregano leaves (mine came from my garden)
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into bite size pieces
4 ounces feta cheese, cubed
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
2 cups pita chips (I used mini whole wheat pitas that I toasted on the grill)
Your favorite salad mix (I like the herb mix)
Add the olive oil, lemon juice, oregano leaves, pepper and some salt to a jar with a lid or a bowl. Shake or whisk together. The dressing is done. (I might add a touch of honey for sweetness next time I make this dressing. It was nice a bright, but a little honey would have made it perfect. Maybe a teaspoon or two?)