Middle Eastern Chicken & Rice Salad with Tahini Dill Dressing Recipe - Clean Eating Magazine

Middle Eastern Chicken & Rice Salad with Tahini Dill Dressing

A key ingredient in many Middle Eastern salads, mint gives this recipe a wonderful freshness. Simply seasoned chicken bumps up the protein content, making this a filling main dish. Using leftover cooked rice speeds up dinner prep — just make extra the night before.
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Middle Eastern Chicken & Rice Salad with Tahini Dill Dressing

Middle Eastern Chicken & Rice Salad with Tahini Dill Dressing

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  • 6Servings

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp tahini paste
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • pinch ground black pepper

Salad

  • 2 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • pinch ground black pepper
  • 6 cups lightly packed baby spinach
  • 1 cup diced red peppers
  • 1 cup diced roasted red peppers
  • 1 cup cooked and cooled brown rice (TIP: Use a frozen cooked brown rice, thawed.)
  • 1/2 cup pitted green olives, halved
  • 1/4 cup unsalted pine nuts, optional, toasted (TRY: NOW Real Food Raw Organic Pine Nuts)
  • 6 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped

Preparation

1. Make dressing: In a blender or food processor, blend together all dressing ingredients until smooth. Set aside.

2. Make salad: Preheat a grill to medium-high. Sprinkle chicken
with paprika, salt and pepper. Grill until no longer pink inside, about
5 to 6 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board.

3. In a large bowl, combine spinach, red peppers, rice, olives, pine nuts (if using) and dates. Slice chicken and add to bowl. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 299
  • Carbohydrate Content: 28 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 31 mg
  • Fat Content: 15 g
  • Fiber Content: 4 g
  • Protein Content: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 2 g
  • Sodium Content: 661 mg
  • Sugar Content: 14 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content: 10 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content: 3 g