Harissa Chicken Salad with Cilantro Herb Dressing
The New Year is almost here, and many of us will take this chance to work on new, healthier versions of ourselves. While a lot of people assume that eating healthy means giving up flavor, this couldn’t be further from the truth! If you look at diets in other parts of the world, you’ll find that many of them turn to spices in order to liven up their meals. Adding a little heat is a great way to take any meal from bland to bold, and one of our favorite ways to kick things up is a North African condiment called harissa. With our recipe for Harissa Chicken Salad with Cilantro Herb Dressing, you can bring a taste of Tunisia to your table anytime.
What is harissa? It traditionally consists of a paste made from roasted red peppers with serrano peppers and other hot chilis, as well as spices such as garlic and coriander. These are ground or otherwise processed and mixed with olive oil, to create a condiment that is used on a wide variety of meats and vegetables. Harissa is so prevalent in North Africa and the Middle East that it has been compared to America’s love of ketchup, as the condiment can be found in homes, at restaurants, and on the carts of street vendors. Though harissa is usually a paste, we are happy to offer a Harissa Spice Blend, which makes this spicy sensation even more versatile. This powder can be used as a rub, sprinkled on as a seasoning, or even mixed with olive oil to make a paste similar to the original condiment.
Our Harissa Spice Blend is the star of this salad recipe, which features lean chicken breasts rubbed with the spice. Not a meat eater? No problem! Simply replace the chicken with tofu. Toss drained, cubed tofu in our harissa powder, place in a sauté pan with a small amount of oil and sauté until golden brown. Toss on top of your salad, drizzle with our Cilantro Herb Dressing, and enjoy a crisp, refreshing start to the New Year!