May 17, 2013

Recipe for Grilled Chicken Salad with Tahini Yogurt Dressing and Fresh Mint

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Grilled Chicken Salad with Tahini Yogurt Dressing and Fresh Mint

With the weather getting warm this week grilling season is definitely coming. My husband still has our charcoal grill in the basement with the promise that he will be fixing it up soon. Since it has sat downstairs for two years I am beginning to think that he is lacking motivation. Of course I could work on it, but my to do list is long enough that adding anything to it just wouldn't happen. Since my outdoor grill is out of commission I utilize my indoor electric grill or my stove top grill pan. Both are great options and I use them frequently. The beginning of summer in my household also means cold salads and sides. I love combining grilled meats and cold salads into one recipe. This week I tried a new recipe for Chicken Salad with Tahini Yogurt Dressing from the June 2013 issue of Food and Wine magazine.

This recipe has 14 ingredients. It takes 40 minutes of total time, 20 minutes of which is active and makes 6 servings. I did make a few changes to the original recipe. First I used 2% Greek yogurt instead of whole fat yogurt. As I talked about in the intro I used my indoor electric grill to make the grilled chicken thighs. I am not a fan of hot chicken salad, especially in the warmer months so I allowed the salad to sit in the fridge for 15 minutes before serving. This allowed the chicken to cool and made for a better flavor. Finally, I served the salad over white rice. It would also work well with flatbread.

Yogurt dressing is always popular in my household. We also are big fans of grilled chicken. However, this recipe only received an okay from my family. The thighs were almost too moist for the rest of the salad. There was a lot of flavor in the recipe, which I liked, but it didn't stand out from other chicken with yogurt sauce recipes. I would suggest increasing the amount of chipotle, adding a small amount of cumin and serving the salad with Naan or pita bread. Making it more like a wrap or sandwich would help the recipe be even better.

For the recipe go to Chicken Salad with Yogurt Tahini Dressing.

14 comments:

  1. Sounds pretty good! We grill all year long - unless it's snowing. The grill never leaves the deck and we go for it whenever the mood strikes....cold or not.

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    1. I wish we had a deck, but we don't. It would make grilling so much easier!

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  2. I think this would be delicious in a flat bread like a Gyro. It looks delcious, great for a summer lunch.

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    1. It would work better over flatbread I agree. As a sandwich the grilled thighs would be delicious.

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  3. This sounds really good. I always have tahini around because I like to make hummus. It's always nice to see more recipes like this; my mother is Middle Eastern and I grew up eating this type of food so I'm happy to know it's becoming popular.

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    1. I make a lot of hummus also. My husband's god mother is Lebanese so we use a lot of tahini :)

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  4. Sounds nice and light and just perfect for weekend warm weather gathering (I've got the patio/outside dining area ready!).

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    1. It is light, which is great for summer!

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  5. Man, I wish we were allowed to grill here in NYC on our fire escapes. That's the one thing I do miss. This sounds like a great light meal.

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    1. I wasn't allowed to grill on the deck I had when I lived in Seattle either. Luckily we have a backyard so it isn't a problem here.

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  6. Mmm... this looks delicious! Hello from your new followers from the Weekend Blog Hop Till You Drop! We just LOVE your blog! We love to grill hotdogs and everything else outdoors in our forest. Totally recommending this!

    Feel free to visit us if you have time!

    Cayla and Ashley
    http://caylaandashley.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks :) My kids love hotdogs too, plus there are a ton of toppings you can add!

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  7. This looks really good. I know you were not totally wowed by the dish but it has a really good foundation-with your suggestions for improvement I think this would rock.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Velva

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    1. With the changes I definitely think it would be a lot better :)

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