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Make-Ahead Roast Chicken and Kale Salad with Tahini, Apricots, and Almonds

[Photograph: Suzanne Lehrer]

This is an extremely flexible recipe inspired by one of my favorite store-bought salads that I began making at home. It's a great way to use up leftover store-bought rotisserie chicken, but I included a poached chicken breast recipe here if you don't have leftovers. Absolutely sprinkle spices, herbs, and lemon juice onto your chicken if you have them handy. Butter under the skin never hurts, either. The tahini dressing is also a very basic version; you can add sumac, cumin, za'atar, parsley, or garlic as well (though I would blanch the garlic if it's going in raw).

Letting the dressing sit on the kale while you're bringing it to work is actually a good thing; it softens the kale a bit.

About the Author: Suzanne Lehrer is a writer and recipe developer in New York and a recipe editor for Cooking Channel. When not curating her budding hot sauce collection, she puts her French Culinary Institute education to good use in kitchens all around town. Follow her recipes and cooking adventures at TheSuzChef.com and on twitter @the_suzchef.

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