Shawarma-Style Grilled Chicken Salad

Shawarma-Style Grilled Chicken Salad

Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 15 min
Preparation: 45 min
Level: Easy 

recipe and photos by alexandra de la cruz

Bring exotic Middle Eastern flavours to your salads by adding shawarma-style marinated boneless chicken thighs! Originating from the Ottoman Empire (now Turkey), shawarma is best accompanied by pita bread. Grill some pieces and add to the salad!



  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 gloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • Zest of a lemon
  • 1 tsp of each: cumin, ground cilantro, turmeric, paprika
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • Juice of a lemon
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp dried oregano (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In an airtight dish, mix all the ingredients of the marinade. Add the chicken, coat it and let marinate for at least 30 minutes inside the refrigerator. Right before cooking, let sit for 15 minutes at room temperature.
  2. In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients of the salad dressing. In a salad bowl, mix the lettuce, the tomatoes, the cucumber and the feta cheese.
  3. Preheat the barbecue at medium heat. Clean and oil the grates.
  4. Put the chicken thighs on the grates. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until it’s cooked and golden, turning midway through cooking (internal temperature must be 165°F or 73°C). Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, oil the pita bread, salt, and grill for 2-3 minutes in a small oven (optional).
  6. Slice the chicken thighs. Add the chicken and the pita bread inside the salad bowl. Pour the dressing on top and mix. Serve immediately.

shawarma salad

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