About this Recipe
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I feel like I have to preface that I absolutely love the traditional Döner Kebab sandwich and that this is in no way an attempt to suggest some kind of diet version of it! Simply put, I personally just don’t believe in diets because of my history with eating disorders. I went down the wrong path when I was 16 and it all started with dieting out of fear that I would gain weight during my year as an exchange student here in Kansas. Enough about that, but every now and then I do open up about it on Instagram. If you feel like you want to connect with me about this, please send me a message here or connect with me on social media. So back to this Döner Salad, the reason why you showed up here! It came to me when I was craving a Döner so badly (it’s been 17 months since the last time I was home), but wanted to simplify the recipe and the many steps it takes to get to the end result: having my food craving go down my mouth hole. That meant ditching making the bread and also cutting down on the time it takes to prepare the meat. So instead of marinating the meat, rolling it into a log and freezing it, then slicing it and cooking it, I only marinate and cook it. And it’s still reeaaally good!
I would recommend marinating for at least an hour before cooking, although 6 hours or even up to a day is ideal. For the coleslaw, I used a presaged mix from Trader Joe’s that I quickly massaged with a bit of oil and vinegar, and to the traditional toppings (tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese), I added sliced pepperoncini for a bit of a briney kick. Of course I always have to have some “scharf” (spicy in German) sprinkled atop of my Döner or Döner Salad, a dried spice and herb blend. While I will go through the steps to make a Döner sandwich again sooner than later, I am grateful that I can throw together this Döner-inspired meal in a matter of an hour if need be with not all that much actual busy time involved. And any time saved is more time I get to spend drinking oat milk lattes and getting some me time in during my littles’ naps. It’s a total win win. On a final side note: If you’re still craving some bread with it, serve with some toasted pita on the side.
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Dönersalat: German Chicken Döner Salad Recipe
- 150 g feta cheese crumbled or cubed
- 1/3 yellow onion sliced into rings
- 3 romaine lettuce hearts can also use iceberg
- 1 c cherry tomatoes
- 4 persian cucumbers they're really small, can also use one large cucumber
- 50 g sliced pepperoncini peppers adds some heat, optional
- "scharf" This is an optional, somewhat spicy seasoning blend I sprinkle on top. I love the one I linked and it tastes very similar to what you would be able to get in Germany.
Marinate the Meat
- Thinly slice the chicken breasts to create skinny, bite-sized pieces. Then combine all the ingredients for the marinade and massage into the chicken pieces. Cover up and allow to rest in the fridge for 6 hours or up to a day.
Prepare the Dressing
- Whisk together all ingredients and keep cool until ready to serve.
Prepare the Salad Ingredients
- Slice up the onion into rings, slice up the cucumber, crumble or dice the feta, cut the lettuce into bite-sized pieces.
Cook the Meat
- I love using a griddle for this, so you can easily scrape up all the bits on the bottom as the chicken cooks. Because of the marinade, the chicken is more likely to burn in a skillet. If you don't have a griddle, I would suggest removing excess marinade from the chicken as you're transfering it to a skillet to cook. I simply use tongs to transfer the chicken and let the excess drip off. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, turning the chicken occasionally and browning it from all sides.
Assemble the salad
- Layer the lettuce, onion, tomatoes, cucumbers and cheese. You can either toss your salad in the dressing or drizzle it on top. Add the meat on top after tossing, and drizzle with some more of the dressing. I also like to add pepperoncinis into the salad, but that's optional. Optionally sprinkle the salad with this spice blend mix for some heat. If desired, serve with some toasted pita on the side.
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