Creamy Chicken Pesto Salad #SundaySupper

creamy chicken pesto salad plate
I have green on my mind. Now I know that green can be interpreted in many ways. Spring, Saint Patty’s Day, being novice, being environmentally conscience, salad type veggies, envy and even Shrek was green. So for this week’s Sunday Supper I dug into my roots.
I was married to an Irishman and carried that name for sometime. Irish beer is popular for Saint Patrick’s Day recipes. Even though Guinness is my favorite beer (no promotion, just stating a fact), I didn’t cook anything for this event with it. But I will tip my hat to the clan.
irish tip hat
My suppressed Italian side begged to be represented today. Pesto made with fresh, fragrant basil is about as green as you can get! Inhale that minty aroma and you can’t help but think spring, maybe even summer!
Thank you Foodie Stuntman for hosting this Eat Your Greens event! Stop by and say hello to him at Crazy Foodie Stunts and witness some great food challenges that he takes!

Creamy Chicken Pesto Salad

For this salad you can use some of your favorite jarred pesto or make it fresh. If you need a pesto recipe, try mine here .
To make it creamy, I add a little light mayo and light sour cream. Chicken works great with this dressing but shrimp is equally good.
Sprinkle with chopped walnuts and add a few croutons for the crunch factor. Of course you need to serve it on a bed of greens. Okay, you can make a sandwich with it too!

Creamy Chicken Pesto Salad
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  • 1 4-ounce chicken breast, cooked and chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped celery
  • ¼ cup light mayo
  • 2 Tablespoons light sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • croutons (optional)
  1. mix together chicken, celery, mayo, sour cream and pesto.
  2. Arrange on a bed of greens if desired and garnish with walnuts and croutons.
Recipe can be doubled as needed.

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48 Responses to Creamy Chicken Pesto Salad #SundaySupper

  1. It never had occurred to me to turn pesto into a salad dressing. Thanks for the idea and thanks for participating this week.
    DB-The Foodie Stuntman @ Crazy Foodie Stunts recently posted..This Upcoming #SundaySupper We Eat Our GreensMy Profile

  2. Manu says:

    I love pesto… so bring it on!!! Lovely salad!!!!
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  7. The 8 little jars of homemade pesto in my freezer thank you for this! Sounds delicious and can’t wait to try it. Nice cooking with you for Sunday Supper.
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  10. I love pesto and your chicken salad looks just amazing and so filling!
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  12. Jennifer B says:

    I love chicken salad. I love pesto. So, naturally, I am in love with this recipe!
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  13. Creamy pesto goodness! Yum!

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  16. I’ve made lots of chicken salads, but never with pesto… yet. I’ll have to try this!
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  17. Shaina says:

    I would definitely use homemade pesto for something like this. Such an easy and yummy dish to put together. This is great for BBQs and all the upcoming outdoor summer parties we have to look forward to…
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  18. Hezzi-D says:

    Love the hat! This chicken salad sounds full of flavors and simple to make!
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  19. Pesto would certainly add some great pizzazz to boring chicken salad!
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  21. Your chicken salad is making me crave warm weather, Cindy! LOVE it! I enjoyed cooking up #SundaySupper with you :)

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  24. Tracy says:

    I love Chicken Salad! I will def have to try it this way! Great recipe – Thank you!
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  25. Oh I love the idea of adding pesto into chicken salad!!! brilliant!!
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  27. MealDiva says:

    Pesto chicken salad sounds delicious!
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  29. Laura Hunter says:

    This looks like a perfect new recipe idea for hubby’s lunch.
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  30. Christy says:

    Pesto, chicken and salad? How can you go wrong – this looks like a terrific #SundaySupper option!
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  31. Ooo pesto into a salad! Now that’s my kind of dish. Love it!
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  33. I want mine on a bed of fresh spinach, please! Is there any left for me?
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  35. Pesto in my chicken salad!? How did I not think of this before?
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  36. I love the idea of putting pesto into chicken salad! (WHY did I never think to do that??) Now I have to try it sometime!
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