chicken-shawarma-salad-mainCHICKEN SHAWARMA SALAD

A middle-eastern style of roasting meat, Shawarma is a blend of spices rubbed into meat (i.e. lamb, chicken, beef) and grilled on a vertical skewer for a period of time. While no two Shawarma marinades are alike, most include cumin, paprika and black pepper.


  • 4 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless;
  • 4 to 5 cups romaine lettuce, chopped;
  • 1 cucumber, chopped;
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced;
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved;

Ingredients for the Shawarma Marinade

  • 1/4 cup olive oil;
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice;
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced;
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin;
  • 1 tsp. paprika;
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;

Ingredients for the Lemon-Garlic Dressing

  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil;
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice;
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced;
  • Zest of 1 lemon;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;


  1. In a small bowl, combine all the marinade ingredients.
  2. Place chicken in the marinade and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours.
  3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  4. Grill chicken on the preheated grill for 10 to 15 minutes per side, or until no longer pink.
  5. Remove chicken from heat and set aside.
  6. Combine all the ingredients for the dressing, and season to taste. Whisk until dressing is well emulsified.
  7. Slice the chicken into thin strips.
  8. Assemble the salad in a big bowl, combining the romaine lettuce, cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, and lemon dressing; toss gently.
  9. Serve salad in platters topped with the sliced chicken.

Chicken Shawarma Salad



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