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Chicken shawarma salad

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • plus 1 hr marinating
  • Easy
  • Serves 6

Serve a bright salad to feed a crowd. It can also be made with leftover cold chicken, and is robust enough to transport without wilting – perfect for picnics

  • Healthy
Nutrition: Per serving
high infibre7g


  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp natural yogurt
  • 4 chicken breasts, bashed with a rolling pin until slightly flattened
  • pittas or flatbreads and pickled chillies (optional), to serve

For the tahini dressing

  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 200g natural yogurt
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seeds

For the salad

  • ½ red cabbage (about 500g), finely shredded
  • 2 red onions, finely sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled, halved, deseeded and sliced
  • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Little Gem lettuce, chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • STEP 1

    Mix the garlic, olive oil and lemon juice together in a reusable plastic container or bowl. Stir in all the spices, oregano, a large pinch of salt and the yogurt, then mix to make a paste. Tip in the chicken, tossing to coat, then cover and marinate for at least 1 hr, or chill overnight.

  • STEP 2

    To make the dressing, mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl, season, cover and chill until needed. Can be made up to two days ahead. Toss all the salad ingredients, except the lemon juice and olive oil, together. The salad can be assembled 1-2 hrs ahead and kept chilled.

  • STEP 3

    Light the barbecue or heat a griddle pan over a high heat. Cook the marinated chicken for 5 mins on each side, or until lightly charred and cooked through. Lift onto a board and set aside.

  • STEP 4

    Drizzle the salad with the lemon juice and olive oil, then season with salt and toss everything together. Scatter the salad over a large platter or tip into a large serving bowl. Slice the chicken, then arrange it over the salad (or serve it on the side if you’re also cooking for vegetarians). Serve the salad with the tahini dressing on the side for drizzling over, along with toasted flatbreads or pittas for stuffing the chicken into and pickled chillies, if you like.

Recipe tip

Veggie shawarma salad
Instead of chicken, top the salad with griddled slices of halloumi.

Vegan shawarma salad
Omit the yogurt from the marinade and use aubergine slices instead of chicken. In the dressing, too, replace the yogurt with 100ml olive oil.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2022

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