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Superfood Chicken Quinoa Salad with Turmeric Tahini Dressing

Superfood Chicken Quinoa Salad

This Superfood Chicken Quinoa Salad with Turmeric Tahini Sauce is quick and simple to make and full of goodness! 
Course Lunch, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Keyword Chicken Salad, healthy, Quinoa, Superfood
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 592kcal
Author Sasha



  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon rapeseed or olive oil plus extra to dress the salad
  • zest of 1 lemon + juice of ½
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sumac (optional)
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup frozen edamame
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 1-2 avocados
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa

Turmeric Tahini Sauce

  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 3 tablespoons Greek yoghurt
  • ½ teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon water (plus more to thin as desired)


  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F. 
  • Toss the chicken breasts with the oil, lemon zest, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder and sumac, if using. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place in an ovenproof dish and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until cooked through. 
    2 chicken breasts, 1 tablespoon rapeseed or olive oil, zest of 1 lemon + juice of ½, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon onion powder, ¼ teaspoon sumac
  • Wrap the garlic cloves for the sauce in foil and place in the oven to roast along with the chicken. They'll need about 25 minutes too. 
    2-3 cloves garlic
  • Meanwhile, finely chop the broccoli. You don't need to be too precious about this, you're just aiming for small bite-sized pieces. Cook the frozen edamame in boiling salted water for a couple of minutes. Remove the arils from your pomegranate and dice the avocado. 
    2 cups broccoli florets, 1 cup frozen edamame, 1 pomegranate, 1-2 avocados
  • Place the salad ingredients in a large bowl with the cooked quinoa. Toss with the juice of half a lemon, a drizzle of oil and some salt and pepper. 
    2 cups cooked quinoa, juice of ½ lemon
  • Slice the chicken and add to the salad. Serve up the salad and drizzle with the sauce. Enjoy!

Turmeric Tahini Sauce

  • Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves (see above) into a small bowl and add a pinch of flaky sea salt. Crush using the back of a spoon until you have a paste. 
    2-3 cloves garlic
  • Add the turmeric, lemon juice and tahini and mix well. Stir in the yoghurt, maple syrup and enough water to thin to your liking. Season, adding salt, black pepper and more maple syrup to taste. (And don't forget to add black pepper to aid absorption of the turmeric goodness!)
    ½ teaspoon ground turmeric, juice of ½ lemon, 1 tablespoon tahini, 3 tablespoons Greek yoghurt, ½ teaspoon maple syrup, 1 tablespoon water


Calories: 592kcal | Carbohydrates: 78.7g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 22.9g | Saturated Fat: 3.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10.8g | Cholesterol: 12.1mg | Sodium: 46.4mg | Potassium: 1314.3mg | Fiber: 14.9g | Sugar: 9.6g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 67.4mg | Calcium: 125.2mg | Iron: 6.2mg