Za’atar Spiced Chicken Salad

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What will you do when you have lots of fresh greens. I would never tell salad. But now my first choice will be a salad. Simple, healthy and very fulfilling. We usually have a heavy meal on a Sunday afternoon,So it is obvious that dinner is always something light.

One thing that I love about salads is basically you can throw in anything that is available in your pantry and a basic dressing and you are done.I had all the ingredients for a wonderful salad. That’s what I love about Winter,you get all fresh,colourful and vibrant veggies. And you will be left with endless options to use them. Coming to this salad I got a fresh bottle of za’atar spice on my recent visit to the supermarket. Za’atar is a Middle eastern spices used for seasoning on salads,breads marinate meats etc.

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This salad doesn’t have any dressing as such. After roasting the chicken the leftover seasoning and oil on the pan act as an excellent dressing for the salad. I have added lots of garlic to it,because after roasting the garlic adds a wonderful flavour to it.

There is no defined quantity for this salad,you can add as per your preference.

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Za'atar Spiced Chicken Salad

Course Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Refreshing and easy summer chicken salad with za'atar and fresh crunchy greens.
Servings 2 serving


  • 1 Chicken breast
  • 4 - 5 cloves Garlic crushed ,
  • Black pepper Fresh crushed (optional)
  • to taste salt (if Za'atar dosen't have in it)
  • 1 tsp Olive oil

For Salad

  • 2 cups Spinach baby , stems removed
  • 1 cups Iceberg Lettuce ,chopped
  • 1 Cucumber French
  • ½ cups Cherry tomatoes ,halved
  • ½ cup chickpeas Cooked
  • ¼ cups Black Olives
  • ½ Lemon Juice


  • Season chicken breast with Za'atar, salt, crushed garlic. Let it marinate for 1 hour.
  • On a hot griddle pan, 1/2 tsp olive oil. Put marinated chicken breast. Let it cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Flip and cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Let the chicken rest in a blow. Meanwhile in the same pan, in remaining oil add cherry tomatoes and chickpeas. Cook on high heat for 2-3 minutes. the tomatoes should look charred.
  • Slice chicken to thin strips. ( I reserved the liquid released from the chicken in the same bowl and added to the salad).
  • In a big mixing bowl add all the greens, cucumber, charred cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, olives, sliced chicken. Add lemon juice. Mix well.
  • Sprinkle extra Za'atar on top if required.Serve immediately.
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  1. Subhasmita says:

    @Dolphia Thank you dear… It was a treat to the eyes. We almost ate with our eyes first.

  2. Subhasmita says:

    @Sree Thanks dear. this salad was kind of destined. I had all fresh ingredients in hand while preparing​ this.

  3. Subhasmita says:

    @Richa I used to add directly to the salads but when it is roasted it becomes more flavourful. We loved it.

  4. Dolphia Nandi-Arnstein says:

    I love chicken salad and specially when it’s zatar spiced. Love the rainbow on the plate.

  5. Sreelatha @ Framed Recipes says:

    Love it Subha. It is a rainbow in a plate. 🙂

  6. Richa Gupta says:

    Love Za’atar! And what better way to use it than in salads 🙂

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