Walnut Pesto Chicken Salad

Looking for a new spin on chicken salad? Try this enormously healthy walnut pesto chicken salad!

Walnut PestoFI

Healthy Never Tasted so Good

Compared to the typical mayo-laden chicken salad, this one tastes 1,000 times better and is 1,000 times better for your health. Why? We have the walnut to thank. Walnuts are the only nut rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). It’s a polyunsaturated fat that is only found in plants. The human body does not manufacture this important nutrient, so we must be deliberate in making sure our diet provides an adequate amount. Adults need 1-2 g of ALA/day, which can easily be met by eating 2 servings of this walnut pesto or a serving of the walnut pesto chicken salad. Just 1 oz of walnuts contains 2.5 g of ALA! Yes, I get quite excited over super healthy foods!

Your body can use ALA to form EPA and DHA, other omega-3 fatty acids. There is no reason to take supplements when you can easily meet your needs by eating healthy, delicious recipes like this one. 
Eating a diet rich in omega-3s like contained in walnuts may: (1)(2)(3)

    1. Reduce inflammation levels in your body
    2. Help to prevent and fight acne 
    3. Reduce your risk of heart disease
    4. Protect the brain from stroke
    5. Improve arthritis symptoms
    6. Improve asthma
    7. Lower high cholesterol and triglycerides

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Healthy and such a great option to mayo-based chicken salads. Walnut Pesto Chicken Salad | In Wealth and Health

Endless Possibilities for Easy Weeknight Meals

In my book, there’s nothing more satisfying than something that’s bursting with flavor. That’s what you’ll experience with this dish. The walnut pesto is so fresh and light, but dances on the tongue with garlic, lemon, Parmesan and a heap of fresh basil. Pair it with some chewy, tangy dried cherries and a bit of crunchy celery, and you’ve got the perfect home for some leftover cooked chicken.

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This is an incredible makeover from the boring and bland chicken salad you are used to eating. It makes the perfect light dinner on it’s own or make it more hearty by stuffing it in a pita. Top some spinach or the ultimate cabbage mix with this walnut pesto chicken salad and you’ll definitely want to make this a part of your weekday meal rotations. Nothing could be easier! Make the pesto over the weekend and toss it with some pasta and top it with a perfectly cooked piece of salmon for an amazing meal. Then keep the rest in the fridge to make a quick and easy dinner during the week. Make your dinner prep even easier by making extra chicken the night before, then you can use the leftovers to create an incredibly quick, healthy and satisfying meal.

Have I given you enough reasons to swap your typical mayo-based chicken salad for this flavorful, colorful, option? I hope so! You’re palate won’t be disappointed and you can feel good about feeding your family an incredibly healthy meal.

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Walnut Pesto Chicken Salad

Walnut Pesto Chicken Salad
Serves 4
A fresh and healthy spin on the mayo-based chicken salad.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2.5 cups Chicken, cooked and shredded
  2. ¾ cup Walnut Pesto (recipe below)
  3. 1/3 cup Cherries, dried
  4. ½ cup Celery, chopped
  5. 2 Tablespoons Pepitas
Instructions
  1. Into a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix well.
  2. If you feel it's a bit dry, add a bit more pesto.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  4. Eat by itself, in a wrap, on some bread or over a bed of greens.
Notes
  1. See Walnut Pesto Recipe below.
Nutrition Info
  1. Kcal 96 | Fat 9g | Sat Fat 1g | Chol 4mg | Sodium 126mg | Carb 3g | Fiber 1g | Sugar 1g | Pro 3g
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Fresh and Healthy Walnut Pesto Chicken Salad 2Walnut Pesto Recipe

Walnut Pesto
A fresh and healthy alternative to pine nut pesto.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. ¾ cups Walnuts, toasted
  2. 1 clove Garlic
  3. 1.5 cups Basil
  4. ½ cup Greek yogurt, plain
  5. Juice of ½ Lemon
  6. ½ teaspoon Salt
  7. ¼ teaspoon Pepper
  8. 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  9. 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  10. 2 oz Water
Equipment Needed
  1. Food Processor
Instructions
  1. Into a food processor, add walnuts and garlic. Blend until chopped.
  2. Add basil, yogurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  3. Blend until slightly mixed. Scrape down sides.
  4. Add cheese and drizzle in oil. Blend.
  5. While processing, add water a little at a time until you get a glossy nectar-thick consistency. You may find you need less or more water than 2 oz to achieve this.
Nutrition Info (2 Tablespoons)
  1. Kcal 96 | Fat 9g | Sat Fat 1g | Chol 4mg | Sodium 126mg | Carb 3g | Fiber 1g | Sugar 1g | Pro 3g
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