Chicken Shawarma Salad with Tahini Dressing

Experience the vibrant flavors of the Middle East with this Chicken Shawarma Salad, dressed in a creamy tahini sauce. This dish combines marinated, spiced chicken with fresh vegetables and a nutty tahini dressing, offering a deliciously healthy meal that’s packed with flavor.

Ingredients

  • For the Chicken Shawarma:
    • 1 lb chicken breasts, thinly sliced
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tsp cumin
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • 1/2 tsp turmeric
    • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • For the Salad:
    • Mixed greens (lettuce, spinach, arugula)
    • 1 cucumber, diced
    • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
    • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • For the Tahini Dressing:
    • 1/3 cup tahini
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • 2 tbsp water (more as needed to thin)
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Marinate the Chicken:
    • In a bowl, mix olive oil, cumin, paprika, turmeric, garlic powder, coriander, salt, and pepper. Add chicken slices and coat well. Let marinate for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  2. Prepare the Tahini Dressing:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together tahini, lemon juice, water, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Adjust the consistency by adding more water if needed. Set aside.
  3. Cook the Chicken:
    • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the marinated chicken and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes per side. Remove from heat and let it rest.
  4. Assemble the Salad:
    • In a large salad bowl, combine mixed greens, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and parsley.
    • Slice the cooked chicken into strips and add to the salad.
  5. Dress and Serve:
    • Drizzle tahini dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Serving Suggestions

This salad is perfect on its own as a light meal or can be paired with pita bread or rice for a more filling dish. It’s great for a summer lunch or a healthy dinner option.

This Chicken Shawarma Salad with Tahini Dressing brings together a harmonious blend of spices and freshness. The creamy tahini dressing complements the spiced chicken perfectly, making it a must-try for salad lovers looking for something new and exciting. Enjoy the burst of Middle Eastern flavors right at your dinner table!

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