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Warm Turmeric Tahini Chicken Salad (Gluten-free, no soy/grains/dairy)

Updated: Feb 24, 2020

On a chilly winter day in Florida, it's nice to have something warm to eat... so I cooked our salad! :) Juicy chicken and slightly cooked, but still crunchy, cabbage are tossed with a creamy dressing that happens to be dairy-free! The wonderful creaminess comes from tahini, a flavorful paste made from sesame that adds a ton of richness to sauces (I like Mighty Sesame, Organic, Fine Sesame Tahini because it tastes yummy and comes in an easy-to-use squeeze bottle).


This dish also works perfectly as a cold salad... and not cooking the slaw will save you time. I like the cooked version because it brings out the flavor of the cabbage (and it's easier to digest).

Warm Turmeric Tahini Chicken Salad (Gluten-free, no soy/grains/dairy)

This dish is a healthy powerhouse! Literally, every ingredient does a body good. Turmeric and ginger are both packed with anti-inflammatory benefits. Tahini is also reduces inflammation, provides protein, and is a good source of fiber. Speaking of fiber, we can't overlook the fiber contained in cabbage. While you could keep this vegetarian by omitting the chicken, I like the extra protein it adds. Cilantro and red chili are both wonderful antioxidants. ... and these are just a FEW of the benefits in this salad! There are far too many for me to list.



Warm Turmeric Tahini Chicken Salad (Gluten-free, no soy/grains/dairy)


Warm Turmeric Tahini Chicken Salad (Gluten-free, no soy/grains/dairy)

I like to start cooking the red cabbage first because it takes a bit longer to soften than white cabbage.



Warm Turmeric Tahini Chicken Salad (Gluten-free, no soy/grains/dairy)

Add the slaw mix, red chilis, and green onions. Cook for about 10-15 minutes.



Warm Turmeric Tahini Chicken Salad (Gluten-free, no soy/grains/dairy)

While the veggies are cooking, saute the chicken strips. You could also use store-bought rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken to make prep even easier.



Warm Turmeric Tahini Chicken Salad (Gluten-free, no soy/grains/dairy)

Remove the veggies from heat, add the cooked chicken, and mix.



Warm Turmeric Tahini Chicken Salad (Gluten-free, no soy/grains/dairy)

Add the dressing and stir to evenly coat all ingredients.


Warm Turmeric Tahini Chicken Salad (Gluten-free, no soy/grains/dairy)

Garnish with cilantro, chopped green onion tops, and a few red chili slices (optional).



Warm Turmeric Tahini Chicken Salad (Gluten-free, no soy/grains/dairy)

I like to use Mighty Sesame, Organic, Fine Sesame Tahini in a handy squeeze bottle.



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Warm Turmeric Tahini Chicken Salad (Gluten-free, no soy/grains/dairy)


INGREDIENTS:

For the Turmeric Tahini Dressing:

  • 2 tsp turmeric

  • 2 T tahini

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp ginger, minced

  • 2 tsp honey

  • 3 T apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


For the salad:

  • 3 T extra virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1/2 head red cabbage, shredded

  • 1 16 oz bag slaw mix

  • 1 red chili, chopped

  • 3-4 green onion, sliced (reserve some of the tops for garnish)

  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced into strips

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1/3 cup craisins (Optional). You could also use dried chopped apricots or dates.


DIRECTIONS:

  • In a bowl, combine all of the dressing ingredients, mix well, and set aside.

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet at medium high

  • Begin cooking the shredded red cabbage and a pinch of salt in the oil. Cook for about 5 minutes

  • Add the red chilis and slaw mix. Cook for about 10 minutes.

  • While the veggies are cooking, warm the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a second skillet for the chicken strips. Salt and pepper the chicken and cook through.

  • Remove the veggies from the heat, add the cooked chicken and craisins, and mix gently.

  • Pour the dressing over the salad mixture and toss to coat everything evenly.

  • Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with cilantro leaves, reserved green onion tops and red chili slices.

  • Serve and enjoy!


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I am neither a chef nor a nutritionist (just a simple home cook) so I do not provide caloric and nutritional info for my dishes.



Keywords: chicken salad, turmeric, gluten-free salads, side dishes, coleslaw, slaw, cabbage, chicken


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