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Chicken & Red Pesto Pasta Salad

This recipe for Chicken & Red Pesto Pasta Salad is a wonderful, flavorful dish that's perfect prepared ahead for picnics or backyard barbecues.

Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword pasta, pesto, salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 464 kcal
Author Erren


  • 2 cups dry pasta of your choice cooked, rinsed, and drained
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts cut into cubes
  • 3 green/spring onions sliced into rounds
  • 1-2 jarred roasted red peppers sliced into smalls strips
  • 1 unwaxed cucumber chopped
  • 1 tablespoon red pesto plus more to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • fresh herbs of your choice chopped (I used parsley & basil)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise plus more to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl combine the pasta, chicken, green onions, roasted red peppers, and cucumber.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the pesto, lemon juice, herbs, mayonnaise, salt & pepper.

  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve.
  5. Store covered in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken & Red Pesto Pasta Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 464 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 407mg18%
Potassium 427mg12%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 250IU5%
Vitamin C 9.8mg12%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.