Pesto Chicken Salad

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by BrandiRose

I love this chicken salad because it is lighter than the traditional kind and the flavor from the pesto just takes it a whole other level of deliciousness. I use this salad to make healthy wraps with Light Flatout Bread, low fat cheese, lettuce, red onion, and tomato.

Top Review by twissis

I saw this recipe during Spring PAC 2013 & saved it to make at a later date. We love chicken salad & I was a woman w/a mission to lower fat content w/o sacrificing taste. Regular mayo is 80% fat & light mayo 8% fat. I made a double recipe using a combo of light mayo & 5% sour cream, which reduced the fat content further. The use of pesto (I used red) made certain it did not lack flavor, but what I missed was more texture & volume. Opt adds like celery, olives or even grapes will satisfy that pers pref need for greater texture & volume. Thx for sharing this recipe certain to be the basis for our future batches of chicken salad (with adds as mentioned).

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups grilled chicken breasts, shredded and cooled
  • 12 cup light mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons pesto sauce (kind from a jar in the spaghetti sauce ailse)
  • 18 cup red onion, diced


  1. Mix chicken, mayo, onion, and pesto until well combined.
  2. Serve on a sandwich, in a wrap, on a bed of luttuce, in a hollowed out tomato, or simply enjoy plain.

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