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Middle Eastern chicken and macadamia salad with hummus dressing
Impress your guests with this traditional Middle Eastern salad.
Servings 4
Course Light Meal
Preference Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Perfect for Entertaining
Skill level Easy


Middle Eastern chicken and macadamia salad

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 4 tbsp macadamia oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tbsp Moroccan spice blend e.g. Ras El Hanout or Chermoula
  • 4 chicken breasts skinned, butterflied and flattened - cover with cling film and bash with a rolling pin
  • 1 lettuce washed, roughly torn
  • 1 cup unsalted macadamias roasted, roughly chopped
  • 1 large handful green or black olives
  • 1 telegraph cucumber peeled, de-seeded, chopped into 2cm pieces
  • 6 vine ripened tomatoes de-seeded, chopped into 2cm pieces
  • 1/2 preserved lemon rinsed, pulp removed and finely chopped
  • 6 green onions finely sliced
  • 400 g tinned chickpeas rinsed, drained
  • 1 cup mint leaves chopped
  • 1 cup flat leaf parsley leaves chopped
  • macadamia hummus to serve - recipe follows
  • Lebanese bread to serve

Macadamia hummus (makes 1 ½ cups)

  • 1/2 cup macadamias roasted
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas drained
  • 2 tbsp macadamia oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 10 medium basil leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste


Middle Eastern chicken and macadamia salad

  • In a large ceramic, glass bowl combine the garlic, lemon juice, macadamia oil, salt, molasses and Moroccan spice blend. Add the flattened chicken breasts, coat well and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Throw the lettuce leaves into a large serving bowl with the macadamias, olives, cucumber, tomatoes, preserved lemon, green onions, chickpeas, mint and parsley.
  • Heat a chargrill over a high heat and fry the chicken pieces for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until cooked. Slice into strips, add to the salad and toss well. Drizzle over a couple of tablespoons of hummus and serve with Lebanese bread and extra hummus on the side.

Macadamia hummus

  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and purée until smooth.




Calories: 1146kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 69gFat: 70gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 49gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 1249mgPotassium: 2395mgFiber: 22gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 4376IUVitamin C: 80mgCalcium: 270mgIron: 10mg