Chicken Shawarma Salad

5 from 11 votes

This Chicken Shawarma Salad is LOADED with Lebanese ingredients traditionally found in a shawarma sandwich, (minus the pita) - grilled chicken smothered in shawarma spices, lettuce, tabbouleh, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, turnips, banana peppers and hummus - it's low-carb, high protein and the perfect meal!

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I’m spoiled. I grew up in a town with the best Lebanese food – Dearborn, Michigan. And now it’s just too hard to compare Lebanese restaurants where I live to the authentic ones back home. So, what do I do? I buy the ingredients I need from Dearborn, eat alllllllll the things when I visit, and then try to create the magic in my own kitchen. The magic today is this chicken shawarma salad.

 Chicken Shawarma Salad in a white bowl

How do you make chicken shawarma

Authentic chicken shawarma is layers of well-marinated chicken (or beef or lamb) that is stacked on a vertical spit. Then the shawarma is shredded and wrapped up in a warm pita with all the toppings. It’s juicy, tender and smothered in the shawarma spice marinade. My version has the essence of that chicken shawarma in the quick Americanized home version. That means marinade the chicken, slap it on a grill pan, and place it on a bowl of veggies.

For the marinade, I generally use a shawarma seasoning that I buy from a local Arabic store in Dearborn, in addition to olive oil and lemon juice. But when I run out, I simply recreate the seasoning by mixing the following:

Cumin, Coriander, Garlic Powder, Paprika, Turmeric, Onion Powder, Allspice, Cinnamon, Sat & Pepper.

chicken breast in a marinade

The chicken shawarma gets perfectly charred on the grill pan, similar to the effects of shawarma on a vertical spit. The salad toppings are simply ideas for inspiration of what you could put in a bowl with the chicken shawarma. I love keeping it Lebanese and keeping it real because that’s how I grew up eating it.

Overhead shot of Chicken Shawarma Salad in two bowls

I had leftover tabbouleh and there’s ALWAYS leftover hummus in my fridge, which I added to the salad bowl to bring it all together. It was a hugely satisfying meal stuffed with vegetables and loaded with flavor! I just can’t get enough of it!

fork in a bowl of Chicken Shawarma Salad

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Chicken Shawarma Salad

This Chicken Shawarma Salad is LOADED with Lebanese ingredients traditionally found in a shawarma sandwich, (minus the pita) – grilled chicken smothered in shawarma spices, lettuce, tabbouleh, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, turnips, banana peppers and hummus – it’s low-carb, high protein and the perfect meal!
5 from 11 votes
Servings 6 servings
Course Main Course
Calories 133
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins


Chicken Shawarma

  • 6 6 oz boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp shawarma seasoning OR
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp AllSpice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Salad Bowl

  • Romaine lettuce chopped
  • Tabbouleh homemade or store-bought
  • Red onion sliced
  • Roma tomatoes sliced
  • Green peppers sliced
  • Beet pickled turnips
  • Pickled banana peppers
  • Hummus homemade or store-bought
  • Parsley for garnish


  • In a large bowl, prepare the marinade for the chicken shawarma by combining the olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, coriander, salt, garlic powder, paprika, turmeric, onion powder, All Spice, cinnamon and black pepper.
  • Whisk to combine. Add the chicken to the marinade and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 8 hours.
  • Heat a grill pan on medium high, and place the chicken on the grill. Cook for 5 minutes on one side, then turn and cook the other side for 3-4 minutes until the chicken is full cooked and charred to your liking.
  • Slice the chicken and serve it with the salad ingredients of your choice. Top with hummus as the “dressing”


  • Here’s how I made my tabbouleh
  • Her’s how I make my hummus 
  • Make ahead: You can make the marinade for the chicken up to 5 days in advance and you can marinade the chicken up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Storage: Store any leftover chicken in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 133kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 36mg, Sodium: 454mg, Potassium: 221mg, Vitamin A: 110IU, Vitamin C: 3.2mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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Two bowls of Chicken Shawarma Salad

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  1. Made this tonight and it was delicious! The homemade spice mix marinade is just amazing, a perfect balance of flavours!
    I can see this being a regular in our house.

  2. I love this recipe and I’ve made it many times. I wanted to write tonight because my baby just ate the chicken for his 1st birthday dinner. He loved it and kept asking for more.

  3. So, so good. Flavor on this chicken is great (marinated about 9 hours). Made a variation of this bowl with turmeric/cumin rice and hummus (and veggies). Prepped some of your Lebanese tahini dressing for a topper.

    1. Love that made this into a bowl with your own spin and that you added tahini sauce on top! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂