Italian Pesto Chicken Salad


Prepared pesto is the secret ingredient in this lightened-up, healthy creamy chicken salad recipe. For the prettiest dressing, go for a bright-green colored pesto. Serve the salad open-face on toasted bread or scoop it on top of fresh salad greens.

Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
6 servings


  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

  • cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot

  • 2 tablespoons pesto

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 3 cups shredded or chopped cooked chicken

  • 1 cup packed coarsely chopped arugula

  • ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes

  • 3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts


  1. Combine yogurt, mayonnaise, shallot, pesto, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Stir in chicken, arugula and tomatoes. Top with pine nuts. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.


Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

209 Calories
16g Fat
3g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 209
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 13g 26%
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Vitamin A 293IU 6%
Vitamin C 4mg 4%
Folate 11mcg 3%
Sodium 358mg 16%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 1mg 5%
Magnesium 29mg 7%
Potassium 217mg 5%

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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