this zesty and fresh chicken gyro lemon zest rice salad is brought to you in partnership with della rice.
the chicken gyro with tzatziki sauce that i posted back in august is one of our favorite recipes in my house. i love all of the flavors (lemon! oregano! feta! garlic!) and textures (crunchy purple cabbage! soft pita! creamy tzatziki sauce!). my husband loves that the recipe contains chicken. as i said, it’s a crowd pleaser.
except that i’m experimenting with not eating gluten or dairy? (i *try* to stay ahead of schedule testing and photographing recipes so that hasn’t necessarily been reflected here – hi, stuffed shells with peas and burrata!) needless to say, i wasn’t about to just stop eating alllll of my favorite recipes. some of them are more difficult to adapt than others but some of them, like chicken gyros, were practically begging for a little makeover.
ditching the gluten here was pretty easy, especially once i opened the bag of lemon zest rice from della and realized that all of the amazing flavors i was smelling were basically the same as the ones in my chicken gyros. lemon. oregano. chives. a few other spices. (notice that i didn’t say, “and a bunch of salt and chemicals i can’t pronounce” – yay!) flavorful rice swapped in for pita? yes please!
as for the dairy, it’s basically totally optional. you can include the feta and serve the salad with tzatziki… or not! it’s delicious either way (in the name of experimentation and recipe testing, i tried it both ways).
and for those of you who don’t care about gluten or dairy, allow me to point out how well this salad keeps, either to bring leftovers to eat at your desk at work or to bring on a picnic in the park on a beautiful, sunny spring day. you know, in case either of those situations apply to you…
here’s hoping it’s the latter for all of us, but either way, at least we’ll have a tasty chicken gyro lemon zest rice salad waiting for us in the fridge.
this post is brought to you in partnership with della rice. thank you for supporting brands i love to use in my kitchen; sponsored posts such as this help behind the scenes at tasty seasons! all opinions in this (and every) post are my own.