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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2016


Recipe Summary

20 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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

209 calories; protein 13g; carbohydrates 3.4g; dietary fiber 0.6g; sugars 1.5g; fat 15.7g; saturated fat 2.6g; cholesterol 32.1mg; vitamin a iu 292.9IU; vitamin c 3.6mg; folate 11.3mcg; calcium 73.4mg; iron 0.9mg; magnesium 28.5mg; potassium 216.9mg; sodium 357.6mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
starting to eat healthy looking for healthy fresh and bright filling meals for a diet and weight loss. the creamy yogurt and mayo with the bright tangy taste from the pesto was beautiful and rich the peppery taste from the 'rocket salad leaves' and freshen from the tomatoes was brilliant. would have this again in a heart beat. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
So delicious a real keeper! Read More
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Tasty and healthy! The pesto and lemon juice together with the low fat Greek plain yogurt made this. I am glad the recipe didn't want too much mayo. It is light and refreshing great on a salad on top of a halved baked potato or in a sandwich so quite versatile. Pros: Quick to make Cons: A few ingredients I had to buy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is absolutely delicious! Read More