March 14, 2022

Pesto Chicken Salad

This Basil Pesto Chicken Salad is the perfect quick and easy lunch or snack. You can serve it with crackers, as a sandwich, or as a salad with mixed greens. Made with just a few simple ingredients, this flavorful chicken salad will be your new favorite!

Quick and Easy Basil Pesto Chicken Salad

Another chicken salad recipe! Seriously, y’all, you cannot have too many chicken salad recipes. When you need a lunch that’s quick, easy, and perfect to prep ahead, chicken salad is a fool-proof recipe that never fails.

When I’m not sure what to prep for lunches during the week or I know that my husband and I have a jam-packed crazy schedule, I always default to some kind of chicken salad.

Thankfully, there are so many different and delicious combinations of chicken salads you can whip up. Some of my personal favorite combos are classic chicken salad and this buffalo chicken salad.

Once you have all of your ingredients, making the pesto is as simple as adding them to a food processor and pulsing until everything is well combined. The texture of the pesto shouldn’t be silky smooth but there shouldn’t be huge chunks of nuts or garlic either. 

homemade pesto in food processor

How to Make Basil Pesto

This basil pesto chicken salad is so flavorful thanks to the homemade pesto. You could use store-bought pesto if you’d like, but making your own pesto is so simple and you should definitely give it a try.

To make this dairy-free basil spinach pesto, here’s what you need:

  • Fresh basil 
  • Baby spinach
  • Garlic (fresh whole garlic cloves are the best for this recipe)
  • Red pepper flakes (you could leave these out if you prefer)
  • Pine nut (you can toast these for extra flavor!)
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt

pesto chicken salad ingredients

Basil Pesto Chicken Salad Ingredients

Because of the flavorful pesto in this chicken salad, this chicken salad doesn’t need too many more ingredients. All you need is just a few more elements for crunch and you’re good to go!

  • tender chicken
  • creamy mayo
  • homemade basil pesto
  • crunchy pine nuts
  • red onion
  • fresh lemon juice

pesto chicken salad ingredients in bowl

How to Make Pesto Chicken Salad

Step One: Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and mix until well combined. Add more salt, pepper, or lemon juice to taste. 

Step Two: Serve over mixed greens, with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and pine nuts.

pesto chicken salad over greens with tomatoes

How to Serve Pesto Chicken Salad

You can serve chicken salad with crackers, in a sandwich, or even on mixed greens as a salad. This creamy and flavorful basil pesto chicken is sure to be one of your new favorites.

Go ahead and make a batch this week and keep it in the fridge to have quick lunches or snacks all week!

More Delicious Chicken Salad Recipes

Five-Minute Classic Chicken Salad

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Curry Chicken Salad

Chipotle Chicken Salad

pesto chicken salad in bowl

I hope you give this Pesto Chicken Salad a try! It’s so easy to make and comes together quickly!

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Pesto Chicken Salad

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: american
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Scale:
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: american
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 2 cups diced chicken breast
  • 1/3 cup basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt + pepper to taste

For Serving

  • fresh basil, chopped for garnish
  • mixed greens, for serving
  • rainbow cherry tomatoes, halved for serving

Method

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and mix until well combined. Add more salt, pepper, or lemon juice to taste.
  2. Serve over mixed greens, with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and pine nuts.

Keywords: basil pesto, chicken salad, pesto chicken salad

Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by: THE MINDFUL HAPA

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    7 comments
  1. What a great twist on a chicken salad! Love the flavor and it was so easy. Thank you!

  2. Made this today and hands down my new favorite chicken salad recipe! Served it over a bed of spinach and seriously so delicious!

    • I’m so glad you loved it, Michelle! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!

  3. This is hands down one of my favorite recipes I’ve discovered this year. So easy to throw together and so delicious!

  4. Made this chicken salad for lunch and it was DELICIOUS!! I can’t wait to find new ways to use the delicious pesto as I continue my June Whole30.

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