Basil Pesto Chicken Salad (Whole30, Paleo, Dairy-Free)

This Basil Pesto Chicken Salad is the perfect quick and easy lunch or snack. You can serve it with crackers, as a sandwich, or as a salad with mixed greens. Made with just a few simple ingredients, this flavorful chicken salad will be your new favorite!

quick & easy basil pesto chicken salad

Another chicken salad recipe! Seriously, y’all, you cannot have too many chicken salad recipes. When you need a lunch that’s quick, easy, and perfect to prep ahead, chicken salad is a fool-proof recipe that never fails. When I’m not sure what to prep for lunches during the week or I know that my husband and I have a jam-packed crazy schedule, I always default to some kind of chicken salad.

You can serve chicken salad with crackers, in a sandwich, or even on mixed greens as a salad. Thankfully, there are so many different and delicious combinations of chicken salads you can whip up. Some of my personal favorite combos are classic chicken salad and this buffalo chicken salad. SO GOOD.

This recipe is perfect during these hot summer months when you don’t feel like spending a ton of time in the kitchen. When you want a quick cool lunch chicken salad is a great option!

basil pesto chicken salad ingredients

Pesto Chicken Salad

This basil pesto chicken salad is so flavorful thanks to the homemade pesto. You could use store-bought pesto if you’d like, but making your own pesto is so simple and you should definitely give it a try. To make your own pesto you can follow this easy recipe and whip some up.

Because of the flavorful pesto in this chicken salad, this chicken salad doesn’t need too many more ingredients. All you need is just a few more elements for crunch and you’re good to go!

To make this pesto chicken salad:

  • tender chicken

  • creamy mayo

  • homemade basil pesto

  • crunchy pine nuts

  • red onion

  • fresh lemon juice

This creamy and flavorful basil pesto chicken is sure to be one of your new favorites. Go ahead and make a batch this week and keep it in the fridge for quick lunches or snacks this week!

Pesto Chicken Salad

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Basil Pesto Chicken Salad



  1. Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and mix until well combined. Add more salt, pepper, or lemon juice to taste. 

  2. Store in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Pesto Chicken Salad (Whole30, Paleo, Dairy-Free)