Paleo Moroccan Chicken Salad

A riff on one of our favorite salads from California Pizza Kitchen.


For the Chicken

  • 1 ½ lbs. chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 2 t  paprika
  • 1 t coriander
  • 1 t cumin
  • ½ t cinnamon
  • ¼ t red pepper flakes
  • salt

For the tasty stuff that goes in the salad

  • 2 heads romaine lettuce
  • 4 small golden beets
  • 1 small-to-medium butternut squash
  • toasted almonds
  • dried cherries (or cranberries–something tart will work best)

For the dressing

  • juice 1 lemon
  • juice 1 lime
  • ½ avocado
  • 1-2 T vinegar (champagne or cider)
  • ¼ – ½ c avocado oil (olive oil will work too)
  • s&p


Preheat your oven to 400ºF.

Peel the beets and butternut squash (+remove the seeds). Chop into small pieces, salt/pepper and oil the pieces. Roast until the squash is soft, about 20 minutes (depending on how big the pieces are).

While the veggies are roasting…

In a large bowl, combine all the spices together. Toss the chicken pieces into the bowl and coat them evenly with the spice mixture. Heat a saute pan over medium-high heat and saute the chicken until cooked through. Remove from the pan and add to the serving bowl.

Wash and chop the lettuce. Add it, along with the rest of the “tasty” ingredients to the serving bowl. Add the squash and beets too.

For the dressing…

Combine all ingredients into a small food processor and process until smooth. Of course, you could use a whisk and bowl, in lieu –just make sure you’ve smashed the avocado up before adding it to the dressing.


17 responses to “Paleo Moroccan Chicken Salad”

  1. Yum, this looks really good. I also laughed at your vegetarian video…good one!

  2. tastes as good as it looks. thanks sarah.

  3. Really, really good. Makes a lot. I will be having it for lunch tomorrow! The kids ate it without too much problem, though the 2 y.o. pronounced it “spicy”. She drank lots of water but finished her portion.

    1. glad ya’ll semi-enjoyed it tracy. haha.

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  7. This was great! I thought I did not like butternut squash, but roasting it was wonderful! The presentation was great as was the taste of everything! Very filling and yummy! My daughter will be making it soon! Natalie, you will love it!

  8. I love this salad- already made it twice! I am a fairly new CSA member, so it was exciting to have a good recipe that includes golden beets!

  9. I’ve for for CPK for over 7 years now and have recently gone paleo! I just came across you website and it’s awesome recipes. Good job on make this salad!

  10. This salad is the bomb! I admit I leave out the beets (I really shouldn’t know ’em till I try ’em I know), but it is still AMAZING! The flavor on the chicken is phenominal. Even my fiance’, who generally will not have just a salad, says this is delicious and very filling. Thank you 🙂

  11. DA BOMB!!!! Another amazing recipe! Thank you! My fiancé kept talking about “the burst of flavor”.

  12. This was absolutely delicious. I usually cant eat salads, but I chomped this down no problem, it was bursting with such a variety of flavours! I actually mixed the romaine lettuce into the chicken as soon as I finished sauteing and let the lettuce wilt a bit. The dressing goes perfectly with the rest. Thank you for the awesome website!

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  14. I LOVE this salad! I leave out beets since I don’t like them, but if you add some goat cheese to this delicious concoction, it takes it to the next level.

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