The BEST Turmeric Chicken Salad

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Turmeric chicken salad made with fresh greens is a delicious and healthy meal you can easily prepare at home. One of our favorite tasty salad recipes, you can make this using leftover chicken in 10 minutes or less. Read on as I tell you all about it!

Overhead view of a turmeric chicken salad in a white bowl.
Turmeric chicken salad is loaded with protein, anti-oxidants, and healthy fats.

About this

Like our other easy chicken recipes, this dish is simple to make and can be adapted to suit your taste preferences. It also has health benefits that can help improve your immune system and overall well-being. Turmeric is an ancient spice that has been used as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant for hundreds of years.

Using fresh turmeric or curry powder gives your chicken a golden hue and adds some health benefits. I top the whole thing with a simple and healthy honey vinaigrette dressing.

This turmeric chicken salad combines this spice’s magical properties and other super foods like avocado, fresh spinach, honey, and baby tomatoes. The result is a fast and easy healthy lunch or dinner that you’ll love!

What’s in it

For this turmeric chicken salad, you will need some fresh salad ingredients like lettuce and fresh baby leaf spinach. You can also use lettuce wraps or lettuce cups as a base for your salad. You can use chicken breasts, thigh thighs, leftover chicken, or rotisserie chicken for the chicken.

Pouring a vinaigrette dressing over a salad.
Make this healthy turmeric chicken salad in about 10 minutes!

For the Salad

  • Fresh baby spinach – A generous handful or about a cup of this works well.
  • Mixed greens – Use the same amount of these as the spinach.
  • Sliced leftover chicken breast – Slathered in turmeric powder, fresh ground black pepper, and olive oil.
  • Turmeric powder – This is a convenient form of turmeric, and you can store it for a long time; it will stay good to use.
  • Olive Oil and Fresh Ground Black Pepper – Both of these things increase the bioavailability of turmeric, which is just a fancy way of saying they help your body absorb it better.
  • Ground cumin – Creates a simple curry when combined with turmeric.
  • Avocado – Sliced
  • Boiled Egg – Sliced
  • Strawberries -Use about three medium to large-sized strawberries. Hull and slice them into about five pieces.

For the Dressing

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – This is another healthy ingredient because it can help lower blood sugar levels, improve digestion, aid in weight loss, and reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Raw Honey – This adds a kiss of sweetness to the turmeric chicken salad and contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and natural antibacterial agents.
  • Lemon Juice – Gives some tart balance to the honey and turmeric in the salad.
  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh ground black pepper.

Variations and substitutions

One of the best things about this turmeric chicken salad is that you can make it with many of the healthy ingredients that you have on hand. Some great additions or substitutions would include:

In case you are wondering

What is the difference between turmeric and cumin?

Turmeric is a spice that has been used in traditional medicine for centuries and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Curry powder, on the other hand, is a blend of spices that includes turmeric, cumin, coriander, and other spices.

Turmeric chicken salad is a healthy and delicious way to incorporate healthy recipes into your diet. The ingredients in this salad are packed with vitamins and minerals essential for a healthy immune system. The chicken provides a good source of protein, while the turmeric and curry powder provide anti-inflammatory benefits.

This easy salad is another one of our favorite ways to turn leftover chicken into a delicious meal. A couple of our other easy leftover chicken recipes include:

You can also experiment with different salad ingredients to create your own version of this chicken curry salad. Serve it in lettuce cups or wraps for a fun and tasty twist on a classic salad.

Turmeric chicken salad with fresh greens is an easy and delicious way to incorporate healthy foods into your diet. With plenty of fresh ingredients and no hard work, you can create a tasty dish packed with health benefits. So why not try this recipe today and enjoy your new favorite way to eat salad?

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The BEST Turmeric Chicken Salad

5 from 1 vote
This easy turmeric chicken salad recipe is served over a bed of greens. Fortified with healthy ingredients like avocado, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar, you'll fall in love with this large bowl of health and flavor!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Yield: 1


  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup fresh greens
  • 4 oz chicken breast, cooked
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp turmeric , powder
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 3 strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1 egg, hardboiled
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, optional

For the Dressing

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1/2 lemon, fresh squeezed
  • fresh ground black pepper


For the Dressing

  • Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a small glass and stir vigorously using a fork or a small whisk.

For the Salad

  • Heat the olive oil in a small saute pan over low heat. Add one tablespoon of olive oil, some fresh ground pepper, and the turmeric. Gently stir the mixture until the turmeric is dissolved. Add the sliced chicken. Stir the chicken around until it is well coated, and remove the pan from heat. Sprinkle with optional sesame seeds.
  • Combine the remaining salad ingredients in a large salad bowl, starting with the spinach and mixed greens. Add the tumeric-coated chicken slices. Pour the dressing over the salad mixture, and enjoy!


  • Adjust the amounts of dressing ingredients to your taste.
  • To get the most nutrition out of your turmeric, heat it in olive oil and fresh ground black pepper.


Calories: 704kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 54g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 34g, Trans Fat: 0.03g, Cholesterol: 236mg, Sodium: 229mg, Potassium: 1327mg, Fiber: 10g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 3240IU, Vitamin C: 53mg, Calcium: 164mg, Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, lunch, Salad
Cuisine: Indian
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Dan & Scott split their time between Wisconsin and Southwest Florida and are dads to six boys. Good food runs through their veins, and they love showing others how to cook easy recipes.

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