Quick & Easy Souvlaki Salad

For the next few weeks, I am borrowing some friends’ kitchens as I get ready for my move across the country. Most people I know are ecstatic that I want to cook in their homes, and there’s usually a request or two for something they don’t normally have. I try to use what they already have, and this time we had thawed some gorgeous and thick bone-in pork chops to grill before they ran out on their Alaskan adventure. We never grilled them, though, opting for dinner out because it was far too hot to be hanging out in the kitchen with the stove running.

Sunrise over Ponza in the Mediterranean - the perfect image for my souvlaki salad

I took that opportunity to turn those amazing chops into one of my favorite dishes. Souvlaki is popular in the Mediterranean, and is basically the Greek version of kebab. They consider it fast food (ha!), and it’s often served on skewers with vegetables and a fried pita. I didn’t have the vegetables I would typically use, but I did just buy some purple lettuce, arugula, multicolored grape tomatoes, cucumbers, and a purple onion. I had the perfect base for my favorite salad. You have no idea how excited I got. It has been a few years since I made this dish, which is ridiculous, because it’s one of my favorites.

I also made my famous tzatziki, because you absolutely can’t eat anything Mediterranean without that delicious garlic cucumber sauce. Let’s be honest: I eat tzatziki on almost everything, year round. The flavors of lemon, cucumber, and garlic make me think of everything fresh and right in the world. It’s also incredibly healthy, because my recipe uses a Greek yogurt base (of course).

This dish hits the trifecta because it’s fast, easy, and affordable. You can use chicken or lamb instead of pork, and I don’t recommend using beef. You could probably substitute tofu, though I’ve never tried that. If you do, be sure to let me know how that goes.

pork souvlaki salad with tzatziki
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Quick & Easy Souvlaki Salad
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This delicious, lemony dish is fast, easy, and inexpensive. It's also healthy, and perfect for a mid-winter treat when you're missing the warm weather.

Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4
Author: Terra Walker
Ingredients
For the Souvlaki
For the Salad
  • 1 bunch purple lettuce
  • 2 cups arugula 170 g
  • 1 cup multicolored grape tomatoes, halved 2250g
  • 1 cup purple onion, sliced thin 170 g
  • 1 cup tzatziki
Instructions
To Make the Souvlaki
  1. Place the pork in a bowl, and add the lemon juice, olive oil, rosemary, thyme, and oregano.

    cubed pork for souvlaki
  2. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

While You're Waiting
  1. Make my famous Tzatziki sauce.

Then
  1. Heat a skillet to medium.

  2. Pour the entire bowl of pork and marinade directly into the pan and cover.

    pork in skillet for souvlaki
While the pork is cooking, make the salad
  1. Chop the lettuce into bite-sized pieces, and place in a bowl.

  2. Stir the pork, cover.

  3. Tear the arugula leaves in half and toss with the lettuce.

  4. Sprinkle onion slivers on top of the lettuce/arugula mixture.

  5. Stir the pork, remove the lid.

    browned pork for souvlaki
  6. Add the halved tomatoes and toss the salad.

Once the pork is browned
  1. Put a handful of salad on the plate.

  2. Add a spoonful of souvlaki

  3. Plop a dollop (or a DOLLOP) of tzatziki on top of the pork.

    pork souvlaki salad with tzatziki
  4. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Feel free to use you choice of protein in place of the pork. I don't recommend beef, but you might like how it turns out.

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About Terra Walker

Terra loves creating recipes, imparting wisdom, searching for an amazing cider, owning this website, and traveling the globe. You can catch up with Terra on the channels above, where she never uses third person, because she hates writing about herself that way.

17 Comments

  1. I wish all fast food was so healthy like this recipe. Although l’m not familiar with this dish, it looks great and so healthy. Greek dishes are known to be so nutritious and delicious.

  2. Souvlaki is my favorite. And this salad sounds perfect for the weather right now. YUM. I will try this with chicken.

  3. I never heard of Souvlaki thanks for introducing to me . your salad looks delicious. Now I understand why your friends want you to cook in their kitchen. Hope your move cross country will go smoothly too.

  4. Te salad is one of our favorite and your recipe is so easy to make. I’ll try making this at home soon.

  5. When my hubby was stationed in Crete in would constantly eat Souvlaki. Now I think it’s interesting you would add the flavors to a salad. Yummy!! I’ll have to try it.

  6. This takes Greek Salad to the next level!! I need to add this to our meal plan so I can try it out! Yummy!

  7. I am in love with mediterranean food so slovaki chicken is my favorite dish and then paired in a salad this is just perfect bite

  8. I love souvlaki. This pork souvlaki salad sounds like the kind of meal I would dream up. Thanks for the yummy recipe.

  9. Love this idea! Sounds like a perfect summertime meal.

  10. Sounds like a great salad. I don’t think I’ve ever tried pork in a salad, great idea!

  11. Ah… this is so interesting. I’ve never eaten pork in a salad before. This recipe sounds so delish. I must try! On my wish list. Thanks

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