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Okay so have you ever tried a recipe and then just had to have it as soon as you got home? Me, me, me!

A few weeks ago I met up with a few girlfriends for a lunch play date and one of my friends brought the most delicious pesto salad. We all raved over it’s yumminess! The next time I went to the store I picked up some pesto so I could re create that amazing pesto salad. I ended up just guessing what was in the recipe and it turned out DELICIOUS! This salad is totally healthy and even the hubs loved it! We even ate it for leftovers and enjoyed every bite. It’s that good! This salad would be great for a party, shower or even as a side dish without the chicken.

Pesto Salad w/ chicken, feta & tomatoes


  • 1 pkg bow tie pasta whole wheat or plus
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 cup basil pesto jarred or homemade
  • 1/4 cup Italian dressing
  • 1 cup chicken grilled, can, rotisserie
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese


  1. Cook the bowtie pasta according to package directions in a large pot of salted water. Drain the pasta and run it under water. Drizzle with olive oil and stir around.
  2. Put the pasta in a large serving bowl and stir in the pesto and italian dressing. Add the spinach, chicken, tomatoes and feta cheese. Toss to combine. Salt and Pepper to taste.
  3. Cover the pasta and refrigerate. If the pasta seems dry before serving, you can stir in another tablespoon of olive oil.


P.S. You could also try a ranch packet mixed with sour cream or greek yogurt instead of the italian dressing. Come to find out, that’s what my friend used.

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Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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27 Responses to “Pesto Salad w/ chicken, feta & tomatoes”

  1. Suzanne Rice

    Am I just a crazy old lady who can’t figure things out, or did you share the recipe and I cannot find it. It sound awesome and I would love to prepare it!…That is, if you wouldn’t mind…

    • Jamielyn

      hehe you spotted them! Aren’t they so pretty? I only have this one set… but I’d LOVE the whole set!

  2. Kelly

    What brand of Italian dressing did you use? When you say you could even use a ranch packet, is that in place of the pesto and Italian dressing or one or the other? Hehe sorry for all the questions.

    • Jamielyn

      Hey Kelly! I just used what I had in my fridge-wishbone Italian. If you use the ranch packet, I wouldn’t use the Italian. It would be 1/2 TB ranch seasoning mixed with 1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt. Hope that helps. :)

  3. Kristen

    This is so great – I’ve been looking for recipes using basil. I have some about ready to use in my garden

  4. Nica

    This looks awesome and I guess a lot of people would want to give this a try.. I hope my husband would love this..

  5. Kim

    This sounds delicious. I am going to try it soon. Thanks for the recipe and all your great ideas.

  6. Bri

    It looks great, I’m going to make it today, thank you for sharing, but pasta healthy? I wish! I guess most people still think high carb/low fat is good for you…

    • Jamielyn

      haha! you could make it without the pasta and i’m sure it would be yummy! the salad’s healthy in my book. ;) ;)

  7. Jennifer

    That looks so yummy. In fact, I wish I had the ingredients on hand to have it for lunch today!Thanks for sharing.

  8. Heather

    This is fabulous!! I love pesto. Made it to go with hamburgers and to be able to eat the leftovers for lunch!! Thanks for sharing:)

  9. Kristen

    I just made this for dinner for the Hubs and twin buggy boys. Everyone loved it! It was SUPER easy to put together, and it made a TON of food. We’re all looking forward to the leftovers. Thank you for a great, easy recipe.

  10. Meto Barnes

    This one I must try by all means. It is such an awesome recipe.I love pesto so much.

  11. Kristen

    This was so good. I made it last night with goat cheese, reduced fat pesto and fat free Italian dressing. we ate it hot. It was so delicious!!! Thanks, Jamielyn for the recipe. Even my little ones enjoyed it and they are picky eaters!

  12. Sandy

    I tried this recipe last night and it was sooooooo delicious! Hubby had 3 (yes 3!) bowlfuls of it, and took the rest in his lunch today!! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe :)

  13. Abbie

    I finally got around to making this yesterday, and can I say, YUM! My red-meat-eating husband even got seconds and gave multiple compliments. I think it helps that a salad sounds so much better on a day where the temps are 109. Thanks!