Cherry Walnut Pesto Chicken Salad
This Cherry Walnut Pesto Chicken Salad uses pesto in a very delicious way. Like most chicken salads, you can make sandwiches with it, serve on a leaf of lettuce, or just eat as is as a light side dish. Here is a link to our Pesto recipe, made with dried basil when you can’t find fresh.
For a great sandwich, scoop about a ½ cup on focaccia or ciabatta bread. Top with chopped, roasted red pepper, which you can roast yourself or buy in the store, sold in jars. Add a piece of Romaine lettuce and you are set.
½ cup mayonnaise. You can use low fat if you prefer the taste.
⅓ cup plain low fat or fat-free yogurt. Greek yogurt has the best consistency.
⅓ cup pesto sauce
1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
4 cups cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed. Roasted taste the best.
1 Cup celery, diced
½ Cup chopped dried cherries or cherry flavored dried cranberries
½ Cup walnuts, chopped
Combine the mayo, yogurt, pesto, lemon juice, salt, pepper, in a large bowl. Use a whisk or large fork to mix it all together. Add the chicken, celery, cherries and walnuts. Gently combine and you are ready to serve it.