Curried Chicken Salad

Healthy,  ageless, dairy and gluten-free Curried Chicken Salad

This is a chicken salad you will make time and again; it’s that good. This salad has big time antioxidants in it from the spices – turmeric and cumin – and the tahini and garlic. It’s got that perfect interplay between savory and sweet. It’s real food, good eating, delicious anytime of year curry chicken salad love.

Curried Chicken Salad

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tania Van Pelt


For the Chicken Salad

  • ¾ pound carrots peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Splash of apple cider vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 rotisserie chicken shredded, about 4 cups
  • 1 cup chopped prunes
  • ½ cup chopped dried apricots
  • 3 stalks of celery chopped
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple—halved cored and chopped

For the Tahini Dressing

  • yields about 2 cups
  • 1 cup tahini plus more as needed, depending on consistency desired
  • 1 cup water as needed
  • Juice from 2 fresh lemons
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt plus more to taste
  • Black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the carrots with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the carrots are tender. Let cool to room temperature. While the carrots are roasting, spread the walnuts on a pie plate and toast for 3 to 5 minutes, until golden.
  2. Make the tahini sauce. Blend or whisk all the ingredients together.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the tahini sauce with the cumin, curry powder, turmeric, and remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a big splash of apple cider vinegar for extra tang. Fold in the shredded chicken, carrots, walnuts, prunes, apricots and apple and season with salt and pepper to taste, making sure to combine all ingredients well.