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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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

Nutrition

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%