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Chicken Salad with Romaine and Tahini-Herb Dressing

4 Servings

30 minutes

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For this main-course chicken salad, we make a creamy-herbal dressing by blending rich, nutty tahini with handfuls of fresh parsley and cilantro, lime juice, garlic and olive oil. Apple, celery and romaine bring light, fresh notes and lots of texture. We especially like a firm, snappy apple such as Honeycrisp or Granny Smith, but use whatever variety you prefer. You will need 3 cups of shredded cooked chicken for the salad; an average-size rotisserie bird should yield just enough meat. If you have walnuts on hand, toast some and sprinkle them on before serving.




Don’t hesitate to include the tender stems of the parsley and cilantro. They’re just as flavorful as the leaves and the blender breaks them down easily.

30 minutes


  • cups lightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • cup lightly packed fresh cilantro


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Serena S.
June 3, 2023
Perfectly Delicious
I really loved this salad. My nephews girlfriend loved it also! Dad cleaned his plate. Not only is this a great dinner, but I plan to prep this for lunch keeping the dressing separate until I’m done ready to eat. It’s a perfect dish for a hot summer day.
Karen D.
March 6, 2023
So tasty
This was light and crunchy and unlike anything I've had before even though I've had all the ingredients in so many other combinations! Will be on regular rotation throughout spring and summer.
Daniel S.
February 28, 2023
Just as good the next day
We cooked the chicken in the instant pot, for maximum ease (thank you Fast and Slow cookbook!), then assembled the salad as directed. Toasted walnuts made a huge flavor difference. We made too much but only dressed that which we intended to eat. The next day, dressing and tossing anew, it was every bit as good.
Holly C.
September 27, 2023
Good for a different salad
It was a good salad. The dressing reminded me of a goddess dressing.
Lisa C.
April 5, 2023
Solid Recipe
Recipe was solid, changes we made: added cucumber, chickpeas, red pepper flakes in the dressing and on top, as well as some toasted crunchies: ramen broken up (no seasonings), pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds and seasame seeds. (baked at 400 for 7 min). Next time we are thinking of adding fresh red peppers or cherry tomatoes.