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Nutrition Facts
Arugula Pesto Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 364 Calories from Fat 292
% Daily Value*
Fat 32.4g50%
Saturated Fat 6.2g39%
Cholesterol 62.7mg21%
Sodium 333.3mg14%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 0.2g0%
Protein 16.6g33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Servings:6 1/2 cup servings
Arugula Pesto Chicken Salad
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

Easy homemade arugula pesto adds big flavor to the classic chicken salad!

For Arugula Pesto:
  • 2 cups packed fresh arugula leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled & halved
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ cup mayo*
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
Chicken Salad w/ Arugula Pesto:
  • 3 cups chicken, diced or shredded**
  • Full recipe (above) of Arugula Pesto
  • cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced, halved or quartered
  • fresh arugula leaves
  • wraps, pitas, or bread
  1. Use a food processor to blend arugula and garlic until finely chopped. With the machine running, gradually add the oil until well blended. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in Parmesan, salt and pepper.
  2. Add mayo and lemon zest to the Arugula Pesto and stir to combine. Stir in diced chicken.

  3. To serve evenly spoon over wrap or bread or stuff in a pita and add halved tomatoes and arugula leaves of desired amount. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*I use a healthier mayo brand, like Primal Kitchen. 
**One large rotisserie chicken works well.
***Nutritional info only includes the Arugula Pesto Chicken Salad.
Recipe slightly adapted from Giada De Laurentiis.

Author: Kim Lee
Course: Lunch, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Arugula Pesto Chicken Salad, Homemade Arugula Pesto, Pesto Chicken Salad

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