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ceramic bowl with pesto chicken salad - pesto, chicken, tomato, avocado, mayo, and pesto

Pesto Chicken Salad

  • Author: Kyndra Holley
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 4 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This fresh and light Pesto Chicken Salad is the perfect quick and easy lunch recipe. Made with tender chicken breast, smoky bacon, herbaceous pesto, creamy mayo, juicy tomatoes and buttery avocado. Best of all, it's made with just 6 ingredients and takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish.


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (get my recipe here)
  • 2 tablespoons garlic pesto
  • 1 pound chicken, cooked and cubed (I get my organic, pastured chicken here)
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1 medium avocado, cubed
  • 10 grape tomatoes, halved
  • fresh butter lettuce leaves, optional for serving


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise and the pesto. 
  2. Add the chicken, bacon, avocado, and tomatoes and toss to mix.
  3. Eat just as is, or pile on top of fresh lettuce leaves.


  • Storage: Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Add ranch dressing: Swap out the mayo for my Dairy Free Ranch Dressing recipe. It really takes the flavor up a notch
  • Use rotisserie chicken: Making this with rotisserie chicken will save you time and makes for quick and easy meal prep. 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Salad Recipes
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 376
  • Fat: 27g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g net
  • Protein: 27g

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