Creamy Pesto Chicken Salad with Greens


For a healthy variation on creamy chicken salad, we've replaced half the mayonnaise with basil pesto. Serve over greens or make it into a sandwich for a healthy lunch.

Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed

  • ¼ cup pesto

  • ¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 5-ounce package mixed salad greens (about 8 cups)

  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved


  1. Place chicken in a medium saucepan and add water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a clean cutting board; shred into bite-size pieces when cool enough to handle.

  2. Combine pesto, mayonnaise and onion in a medium bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Whisk oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add greens and tomatoes and toss to coat. Divide the green salad among 4 plates and top with the chicken salad.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

324 Calories
20g Fat
9g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 cups greens & 1/2 cup chicken salad
Calories 324
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Added Sugars 1g 2%
Protein 27g 54%
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Vitamin A 1777IU 36%
Vitamin C 18mg 20%
Folate 57mcg 14%
Sodium 454mg 20%
Calcium 153mg 12%
Iron 2mg 12%
Magnesium 48mg 11%
Potassium 542mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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