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Turmeric Tahini Loaded Chicken Salad

July 12, 2018 (Updated on July 8, 2021)

Packed with nourishing ingredients, Turmeric Tahini Loaded Chicken Salad is perfect for lunch at home or to make ahead and take on-the-go!

Do you have plans for lunch?

Well, now ya do!

Allow me to introduce you to Turmeric Tahini Loaded Chicken Salad.

This powerhouse salad is packed with so much goodness, I really don’t know where to begin.

First, it’s loaded with protein-rich chicken plus all kinds of fiber-packed veggies to keep you full.

Then, there’s the creamy dressing that’s magically dairy-free.

The creaminess? It comes from tahini, a super yummy sesame paste that adds tons of richness to the mix.

Also, there’s a healthy dose of anti-inflammatory turmeric to make the whole thing a party.

The inspiration came from a salad similar at a cafe recently, and knew I had to recreate it for you guys.

Using the original recipe as a guide, I bumped up the veggies and added raisins for a touch of sweetness to balance the savory flavors in the rest of the salad.

You can use store-bought, rotisserie chicken to make prep super simple if you like, or use leftover chicken from dinner another night.

I personally like to make a double batch of this salad, and pack it in mason jars to take on-the-go throughout the week.

I hope you’ll try this one soon. Now, let’s make some Turmeric Tahini Loaded Chicken Salad!


Recipe & Kid Friendly Adaptations

1 | Serve the chicken and veggies separately on a plate, with the dressing on the side for dipping.

2 | For a vegetarian option, swap the chicken for 1-2 cans of drained and rinsed cans of chickpeas. Lightly smash half the chickpeas, then proceed with the recipe.

3 | Chopped green apple would also be a nice addition to this salad.


Tools + Ingredients to Make Turmeric Tahini Loaded Chicken Salad

Organic Turmeric

Sulfite-Free Raisins

Tahini Paste

8-inch chef knife

Cutting Board


This Recipe Is…

gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, mayo-free, nut-free, grain-free, soy-free, paleo and whole30


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Turmeric Tahini Loaded Chicken Salad

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Packed with nourishing ingredients, Turmeric Tahini Loaded Chicken Salad is perfect for lunch at home or to make ahead and take on-the-go!

Ingredients

For the Turmeric Tahini Dressing

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon tahini sesame seed butter
  • 1 garlic clove minced or finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon honey omit for Whole30
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • cup extra virgin olive oil

For the Salad

  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken*
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup slaw mix or finely shredded cabbage
  • 1-2 green onion finely chopped
  • ¼ cup sulfite-free raisins

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, add the turmeric, tahini, garlic, honey (if using), salt, pepper, and vinegar, stirring to combine. Drizzle in the olive oil and whisk until smooth. Alternatively, add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • In a large bowl, add the chicken, carrots, slaw or cabbage, green onions, and raisins. Add the dressing, stirring to combine. Allow to sit for 15 minutes for the flavors to combine.
  • Serve over greens, if desired.

Notes

*Leftover Instant-Pot “Rotisserie” Chicken works well in this recipe, as does Slow Cooker Balsamic Whole Chicken. A store-bought rotisserie chicken will also work.
For a vegetarian option, swap the chicken for 1-2 cans of drained and rinsed cans of chickpeas. Lightly smash half the chickpeas, then proceed with the recipe.
Serve the chicken and veggies separately on a plate, with the dressing on the side for dipping.
For a vegetarian option, swap the chicken for 1-2 cans of drained and rinsed cans of chickpeas. Lightly smash half the chickpeas, then proceed with the recipe.
Chopped green apple would also be a nice addition to this salad.

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14 comments to " Turmeric Tahini Loaded Chicken Salad "

  • Regina

    In the Tools + Ingredients to Make Turmeric Tahini Loaded Chicken Salad section "Coconut Aminos" are mentioned but I don’t see an amount listed in the recipe.
    Organic Turmeric
    Sulfite-Free Raisins
    Tahini Paste
    Coconut Aminos
    8-inch chef knife
    Cutting Board

  • Megan

    I made this yesterday and it’s awesome! I used red onion instead of green and chopped up a green pepper instead of cabbage because that’s what I had on hand. I used dried cranberries instead of the raisins. Super easy and tasty; thank you!

  • Jen Smolko

    5 stars
    I made this for lunch today and it was amazing! Used leftover rotisserie chicken from last nights dinner and added green apple and served over greens. The dressing is so good. Thank you Robyn!!!

    • Robyn Downs

      Jen, yay, so happy to hear you enjoyed this one! Green apple sounds like a yummy addition, too!

      • Nicole Schultz

        5 stars
        Made today for the first time…why have I waited so long??? It was delicious. I only had craisins instead of the raisins and I added the green apple for extra crunch. Can’t wait for lunch tomorrow.

        • Robyn Downs

          Nicole, LOVE the idea of craisins and apple–definitely trying that variation next time. So happy you enjoyed. Cheers!

  • Shonna

    5 stars
    This looks amazing, will definitely be trying it soon. I love tahini in dressings, a no mayo and DF way to add creaminess, yes please!

  • Stephanie

    5 stars
    I made this for my lunches for 4 days this week and I loved it! I love the crunch from the cabbage and carrots and the little sweetness added from the raisins and the dressing was perfect!! This will be a regular lunch rotation for sure!

  • Sonja

    5 stars
    Yum! I’ve been meaning to make this for the past few weeks, and I finally made it for lunch today. I made the dressing as written, added both chicken and chick peas, and a bunch of chopped veggies I had in the fridge. No onion because I don’t have one right now, and I can tell that it’s missing. Will add some onion next time, for sure. Thanks for this delicious, healthful recipe.

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