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Homemade Greek Dinner for Two

Greek Dinner Recipe - Tzatziki Sauce, Pita Bread, Tabouleh and Chicken Souvlaki

This was one of the first date night ideas I put together when my wife and I were newly dating. This is a dinner date that takes a lot of forethought and prep so if you are looking for a quick date night idea, you may want to rethink this one. This date was meant to impress and it definitely did, as evidenced by the rock that resides on my wife’s left hand. For those that are not very confident in their cooking skills, this dinner is fairly easy as the ingredients are minimal and the prep is intermediate. If all else fails, run down to your local greek restaurant. Now down to the details…

Note: Actual ingredients and detailed instructions for each recipe is at the bottom.

Labaneese Tabouleh Salad RecipeThe dish I prepared was chicken souvlaki (chicken kebab if you need a visual) and pita bread with tzatziki sauce. My wife helped out by preparing tabouli (or tabbouleh? Who cares! It tastes good!) to add some veggies and color to the plate.

Stopping right there, this date was made all the better by making the dish with my wife. You can make if before your date comes or your wife or husband walks through the door, but it’s even more fun to get your hands a little dirty together in the kitchen. Making it together made the experience fun for us, opened up conversation and was the first night that we realized we worked really well in the kitchen together. Now back to the action!

I began prepping for this date the night before by taking some skinless chicken thighs and cubing them into one inch pieces and then sticking them in a marinade of virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and oregano. I threw that into the fridge overnight to let the marinade really soak in. The next day I put the chicken on skewers, layering with yellow sweet onion and green bell peppers, and set everything to the side for later. The other early prep I did was on the tzatziki sauce. I took the greek yogurt and placed it in a large bowl on top of paper towels, letting it sit from the morning to dinner time. This may sound like some hefty prep but the steps are easy and quick and the payoff is worth it.

Greek Tzatziki Sauce and Peta Bread RecipeOn this particular date I had a couple candles here and there and some casual music to help both of us relax, while we proceeded to cook together. The first thing we started working on was the dough for the pita bread. You could get some store bought and warm it up in a skillet, but that’s cheating!. We mixed up the dough and then started needing it, which was a big mess of flour, but was fun to see my wife covered in the white powder. I started separating out the dough and rolled out the pieces into the desired thickness. Then I passed them off to my wife where she placed  them in a hot pan of olive oil until they were cooked to a golden color. Once they were done, we covered them in paper towels to keep them warm.

The next thing we did was mix up the tzatziki sauce – remember you put some greek yogurt on some paper towels earlier to let the moisture wick away from the yogurt. Now you will mix up all the ingredients mentioned in the recipe to create a delicious refreshing sauce. I recommend nibbling on the warm pita bread with the sauce while you transition the chicken souvlaki you prepared earlier to the grill. It makes the growing hunger more bearable.

Greek Dinner for Two Original Date Night

The actual night we first made this recipe in 2014.

Once you have heated up the grill to about medium/high heat, throw the chicken souvlaki on there until cooked through. One thing that helps keep the chicken from sticking to the grill is taking a half of an onion and running it on the grill. The juices from the onion keep the meat from sticking. Once it is fully grilled, you are ready to serve!

By this point we were both ready to eat and all that was needed was a properly decorated table. This portion of the evening will vary drastically depending on where you live. My house had a porch and it was one of the first warmer nights in the spring so we ate outside.  Make sure you put the same amount of effort you put into the meal, into the place settings as your date will take notice. We set up some tealights and white christmas lights on the porch fence to create some ambiance and light to eat by.


Labaneese Tabouleh Recipe

  • 2 bunches of parsley
  • 1 tomato
  •  1/2 of a cucumber, peeled and deseeded
  • Half a bunch of green unions
  • A couple sprigs of mint
  • 1 1/2 lemons
  • 2/3 cup of cous cous or bulgur wheat (already made)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  •  1 teaspoon salt

Prepare bulgur wheat or cous cous ahead of time.

Note: The area that we live in makes it difficult to purchase bulgar wheat. We use cous cous instead and it works beautifully as a substitute. If you need to cook your cous cous, refrigerate it before you start the prep for the rest of the recipe.

 Remove stems and finely chop the 2 bunches of parsley and mint. Toss into a large mixing bowl. Finely chop the green portion of the onions and toss them into the bowl. You can discard the white portion of the union. Finely chop the cucumber and add it to the bowl as well.

Healthy Lebanese Tebbouleh Salad Recipe

Slice the tomato into quarters and deseed. Discard the seeds and then dice the tomato. Add this your mixing bowl. Take the cooled cous cous or bulgar wheat out of the refrigerator and add it to the bowl. Cut your lemons in half and squeeze into the mixing bowl as well. Make sure to catch any seeds!

Now, add your salt and olive oil to the bowl and mix all of the ingredients together. There you have it – a healthy and delicious Lebanese Tabouleh salad.

Healthy Lebanese Tebbouleh Salad Recipe


Greek Tzatziki Sauce & Pita Bread Recipe

Adapted from Vefa’s Kitchen by Vefa Alexiadou

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

  •  3 cups greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber peeled, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill

Take the greek yogurt and place it in a large bowl on top of paper towels or cheesecloth and let it sit from the morning to dinner time. Transfer the strained yogurt from the bow to a mixing bowl and throw out the paper towels or cheesecloth. Stir in the cucumber, garlic, dill, salt and oil and then cover and chill until it’s ready to serve.

Pita Bread Recipe

  •  3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried yeast
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 3/4 room temp water

To begin the first step you’ll do is put the yeast in a measuring cup with the room temp water so that the yeast gets activated and set that aside for about 3-5 minutes or until you see small bubbles forming in the mix. Then once your yeast is activated, combine all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl. We use a Kitchenaid to mix up the doe but a spoon will work just as well (just requires some effort).  Mix the doe until it starts to firm up, meaning when you can start kneading it with your hands.

Once the doe is ready to go, heat the oil (olive or vegetable) in a medium size skillet to a high/medium high temperature. Then spread some flour out on a clean surface and split the doe up into 4 equal pieces (or as close as you can get them). Start kneading and rolling out the doe into 8-inch wide disks on the flour covered surface. Take your now formed pita bread pieces and put them into the oil. Flip them accordingly until both sides are a light shade of brown. From there put the finished pita bread on some paper towels to let them soak up any excess oil and you have now made pita bread from scratch (your date will be very impressed).

Greek Tzatziki Sauce and Peta Bread Recipe


Greek Chicken Souvlaki Recipe

Adapted from Vefa’s Kitchen by Vefa Alexiadou

  • 1 3/4 lb skinless and boneless chicken thighs (you can use chicken breats as well. Just be aware while your cooking of the possibility of drying out the meat), cut into 1 inch cubes
  • Pinch of dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 2 green bell peppers, de-seeded and cut into 1 inch squares
  • Salt and pepper

In a bowl, combine the chicken, oregano, salt, pepper and olive oil. Toss together, cover the bowl and then place it in the refrigerator to marinate overnight. Heat the grill (or if your are using a skillet or griddle) to medium/high heat. While the grill is heating up, begin to skewer your meat and vegetables. Alternate between chicken, onion and onion until the skewers are packed pull and ready to be cooked.

Greek Chicken Souvlaki Recipe

Keep the left over marinade you have in the bowl. You’ll be using this to brush onto the meat as it cooks on the oven or grill. Once your grill or skillet is hot, your skewers are ready to be cooked. As they are grilling, brush your skewers with the marinade and flip them two to three times to make sure all side are evenly cooked and. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until the chicken has been cooked through.

Greek Chicken Souvlaki Recipe

Remove them from the grill and carefully take chicken, onions and green peppers off of the skewers and serve with the rest of the meal. Enjoy!

2 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh you two! Beautiful presentation, looks yummy and Uncle Wes is in for a treat! Romance is alive and well no matter how long you’ve been a couple!

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