pesto chicken salad
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5 from 4 votes

Pesto Salad

This Pesto Chicken Salad is light, healthy and packed with the perfect pesto flavor! Great for BBQs, brunches, baby showers &  more! It's sure to become a 'go-to' recipe all Summer long!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pesto chicken salad, pesto salad
Servings: 8
Calories: 429kcal
Author: Jamielyn Nye


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


  • Cook the bow-tie 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.
  • 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.
  • Cover the pesto salad and refrigerate. If the pasta seems dry before serving, you can stir in another tablespoon of olive oil.


Instead of Italian dressing, you could also try a ranch packet mixed with sour cream or Greek yogurt in the pesto salad.


Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 493mg | Potassium: 334mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 33.5% | Vitamin C: 19.2% | Calcium: 12.3% | Iron: 9.5%