With Summer in full flow and the sunshine making ever more frequent appearances, now is the perfect time to take part in some al fresco dining.
So if the weather is hot why not whip up a great salad such as this great Greek recipe and make the most of those summer nights!
1.8kg roasted chicken, at room temperature
2 hearts romaine lettuces
3 spring onions
2 ripe avocados
3 tbsp lemon juice, plus extra for squeezing
200g packet feta cheese
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried mint
half a bunch of flatleaf parsley
5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp black kalamata olives
pitta bread, to serve (optional)
Pull the meat from the chicken and shred it roughly. Trim the base from each lettuce, wash and dry the leaves, then roughly shred them. Cut the tomatoes into wedges. Finely slice the spring onions (using both white and green parts). Cut the avocados in half lengthways, remove the stones and peel. Cut crosswise into slices, and squeeze with lemon juice. Crumble the feta cheese with your fingers and toss it with the dried oregano and mint. Pick the leaves off the parsley and set aside.
Whisk the 3 tbsp of lemon juice with the olive oil, sea salt and pepper. In a large bowl, toss the chicken, lettuce, tomatoes and spring onion, then fold through three quarters of the dressing with the avocados (carefully, so the avocados don't break up). Season with salt and pepper, then scatter over the feta, olives and parsley, and drizzle with the rest of the dressing. Squeeze extra lemon juice on top, and serve with pitta bread if you wish.