Tandoori Chicken Salad: Indian Flair in Every Bite

Transport your taste buds to the vibrant streets of India with our Tandoori Chicken Salad, where traditional flavors meet the freshness of a crisp salad.

This recipe combines the bold and aromatic spices of tandoori seasoning with the crunch of fresh vegetables, creating a culinary experience that’s both exotic and satisfying. Get ready to infuse your salad routine with the rich, smoky essence of Indian cuisine.

Tandoori Chicken Salad
Tandoori Chicken Salad


For the Tandoori Chicken:

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons tandoori spice blend
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Salad:

  • 4 cups mixed salad greens (lettuce, spinach, and arugula)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

For the Mint Yogurt Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Tandoori Chicken Salad
Tandoori Chicken Salad


  1. Marinate the Tandoori Chicken:
    • In a bowl, combine yogurt, tandoori spice blend, ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice, ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, salt, and pepper.
    • Add the chicken pieces to the marinade, ensuring each piece is well coated. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, or for a more intense flavor, refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
  2. Grill or Bake the Tandoori Chicken:
    • Preheat the grill or oven to medium-high heat.
    • Thread the marinated chicken pieces onto skewers or place them directly on the grill. Grill for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and has a delicious char.
    • Alternatively, bake in the oven at 400°F (200°C) for 20-25 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked.
  3. Prepare the Salad Base:
    • In a large bowl, combine the mixed salad greens, cherry tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, and fresh cilantro.
  4. Make the Mint Yogurt Dressing:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together plain yogurt, fresh mint, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Adjust the seasoning to your liking.
  5. Assemble and Serve:
  6. Garnish and Enjoy:
  7. Pairing Suggestions:
  8. Variation:
    • For a vegetarian option, replace the chicken with grilled paneer or tofu marinated in tandoori spices.
  9. Final Thoughts:
    • Elevate your salad game with the Tandoori Chicken Salad, a perfect blend of aromatic spices and fresh, crisp ingredients. This dish not only adds an Indian flair to your table but also introduces a delightful fusion of textures and tastes. Embrace the culinary journey as you savor every bite of this exotic creation!