Easy Weeknight Chicken, Tomato and Cucumber Dinner Salad

by Dorothy Reinhold on October 4, 2021


Print This Post Print This Post Chicken, Tomato and Cucumber Salad: This is a winner, winner chicken dinner that the whole family will like. It’s lightly dressed, refreshing, easy, fast, healthy and veggie-centric. That hits all the marks for a perfect all-year recipe!

Chicken, Tomato and Cucumber Salad is a winner, winner chicken dinner that the whole family will like. It’s lightly dressed, refreshing, easy, fast, healthy and veggie-centric. That hits all the marks for a perfect all-year recipe!

Grab some chicken, a tomato or 4 from your late-summer garden, some cucumber, and let’s make a light, bright dinner. You’ll have it on repeat, and once you make it, you won’t need the recipe anymore. That’s how easy and intuitive it is.

How to make Chicken, Cucumber and Tomato Dinner Salad

Foster Farms chicken package with DORI QR code at the grocery storeFirst, head to the meat department and make a beeline for chicken. You can use breasts, breast fillets, boneless skinless thighs…whatever boneless part you like best.

Ingredients for Chicken, Tomato and Cucumber Dinner Salad in a shopping basketToss all the ingredients in your shopping basket. Use tomatoes from your garden, of course, if you have any. If not, I bought some heirlooms here because my vines were no longer producing.

Gather ingredients for Chicken, Tomato and Cucumber Dinner Salad on ShockinglyDelicious.comWhen you get ready to make dinner, assemble all the ingredients (always a good idea, no matter what you are making!).

Chicken breasts in a skillet on ShockinglyDelicious.comHeat the skillet and toss that chicken right on in.

Chicken breasts cooking in a skillet on ShockinglyDelicious.comIt only needs a single turn-over in the pan, for a total cooking time of 8-10 minutes.

Cucumber ribbons in the Chicken, Tomato and Cucumber Dinner SaladGet a little fancy if you like, by making ribbons out of the cukes, or if cucumber chunks are more your style, go ahead and freestyle. I freestyled on the olives…it called for green, but I had Kalamata olives I wanted to use up, so in they went. I’ve said this a zillion times, and I’ll say it again: use what you have and need to use up!

Chicken, Tomato and Cucumber Dinner Salad in a white bowl on a white marble counterVoila! So easy, so non-stressful, so welcomed by everyone at the table.

Chicken, Tomato and Cucumber Dinner Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Chicken, Tomato and Cucumber Dinner Salad

Chicken, Tomato and Cucumber Salad is a winner, winner chicken dinner that the whole family will like. It’s lightly dressed, refreshing, easy, fast, healthy and veggie-centric. That hits all the marks for a perfect all-year recipe!

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1-1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast tenders (or I used thin-sliced breast fillets)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar or white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 medium cucumber, cut in thin ribbons
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup pitted green olives, halved and/or sliced (I used Kalamata olives)
  • 4 ounces feta cheese (optional)

Directions

  1. Cook the chicken: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Lightly sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Add the chicken to the pan and cook, turning once, until no pink remains, 8-10 minutes. Remove from pan onto a cutting board.
  2. Make the dressing: In a screw-top jar, combine the remaining 4 tablespoons oil, vinegar, thyme, sugar and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; shake to combine.
  3. Assemble the salads: On 4 dinner plates or wide shallow bowls, arrange chicken, cucumber ribbons, sliced tomatoes, olives, and feta (if using). Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salads.
  4. Serves 4.

Notes

Note: Always cook chicken or turkey to a safe internal temperature of at least 165°F. Always use a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken or turkey to determine the temperature. Do not rely solely on suggested cooking times. Cooking appliances vary in temperature and cooking times are a guide only.

Recipe source: Foster Farms website

https://www.shockinglydelicious.com/chicken-tomato-and-cucumber-salad/

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This post was originally published Oct. 16, 2018 and has been refreshed and republished today.

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