Lemon Pesto Chicken Avocado Salad

This healthy, super simple to make, and delicious Lemon Pesto Chicken Avocado Salad recipe is loaded with avocado, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, red onions, corn, and the most delicious lemon pesto chicken.

This Lemon Pesto Chicken Avocado Salad is about to become your go-to for summer salads! Not only will you love how easy it is to make, but your taste buds are going to absolutely adore how scrumptious it is!

This healthy, super simple to make, and delicious Lemon Pesto Chicken Avocado Salad recipe is loaded with avocado, cherry tomatoes, red onions, corn, and the most delicious lemon pesto chicken. #healthy #pestochicken #salad | https://withpeanutbutterontop.com

Summer is for salads!

They are – aren’t they? In my honest opinion, summer should be spent basking in the warm sunshine, surrounded by the people you love and adore, sharing the best grilled and fresh foods! Hence the creation of this Lemon Pesto Chicken Avocado Salad. This salad is very simple to make, can be put together in no time, and is perfect for any occasion. Sure to be a family and crowd pleaser!

It also helps that, at the time of this recipe creation, I was in need of finishing off a jar of pesto sauce that I have been eyeing in my fridge for days. Pesto is one of those sauces that you can combine with just about anything; sandwiches, wraps, tossed with fresh pasta, or in a cold salad like this!

 

This healthy, super simple to make, and delicious Lemon Pesto Chicken Avocado Salad recipe is loaded with avocado, cherry tomatoes, red onions, corn, and the most delicious lemon pesto chicken. #salad #pestochicken #healthy | https://withpeanutbutterontop.com

Flavor-licious.

This salad has so many flavors in it – it’s a wonder I was able to get it to the table to take a few photos! The chicken is tossed in a lemon basil pesto dressing, then combined with the remaining vegetables to be tossed together with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice and extra lemon basil pesto dressing. It’s garnished with additional basil and freshly shaved parmesan cheese. YUM!

SO DELICIOUS. Trust me – you are going to delight not just yourself, but those you share this recipe with. It’s easy, it’s flavorful, and it’s filling.

This healthy, super simple to make, and delicious Lemon Pesto Chicken Avocado Salad recipe is loaded with avocado, cherry tomatoes, red onions, corn, and the most delicious lemon pesto chicken. #salad #pestochicken #healthy | https://withpeanutbutterontop.com

Why you’re going to love this salad:

  1. Very easy to make with a handful of ingredients.
  2. Takes no time at all – perfect for those last minute, throw-together meals.
  3. Uses only fresh ingredients and it jam-packed full of veggies.
  4. It is the perfect, refreshing summer salad.
  5. Guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

This healthy, super simple to make, and delicious Lemon Pesto Chicken Avocado Salad recipe is loaded with avocado, cherry tomatoes, red onions, corn, and the most delicious lemon pesto chicken. #healthy #pestochicken #salad | https://withpeanutbutterontop.com

Move over boring salads! This Lemon Pesto Chicken Avocado Salad is going to be your new favorite all-in-one meal or side dish! Summer is difficult enough to get through with all of the grilled burgers, hot dogs, pasta salads, s’mores, and I could go on. OH MY! (Now I want a burnt hot dog from the grill…) So light, refreshing and healthy salads like this are the perfect go-to when you need to pull in the reigns on the indulging meals!

Plus – you will feel like you’re indulging with this salad! Let’s do away with those depriving meals, ok?? Life is much too short to not eat delicious foods!

This healthy, super simple to make, and delicious Lemon Pesto Chicken Avocado Salad recipe is loaded with avocado, cherry tomatoes, red onions, corn, and the most delicious lemon pesto chicken. #salad #pestochicken #healthy | https://withpeanutbutterontop.com

Tips:

  • You can swap cooking chicken for rotisserie chicken to cut back on time and cooking. To amp up this salad and make it even more summertime flavorful – grill the chicken!
  • If you cook the chicken and boil the corn: make sure both are cooled prior to tossing into the salad. You can swap corn on the cob for frozen corn (thawed).
  • Add the avocado and parmesan cheese when you’re ready to serve. The avocado turns quickly once cut. This salad is best when served fresh.

Some more healthy, delicious salads for you!

  1. Lemon Garlic and Feta Pasta Salad
  2. Cajun Lime Chicken Avocado Corn Salad
  3. Chicken Avocado and Cucumber Caprese Salad
  4. Cilantro Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad
  5. Avocado Corn Salsa

 

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This healthy, super simple to make, and delicious Lemon Pesto Chicken Avocado Salad recipe is loaded with avocado, cherry tomatoes, red onions, corn, and the most delicious lemon pesto chicken. #healthy #pestochicken #salad | https://withpeanutbutterontop.com
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Lemon Pesto Chicken Avocado Salad

A light, refreshing and healthy salad that is perfect for when you're on-the-go or looking to please a crowd at your next BBQ. The best summer salad!

Course Appetizer, Main Dish, Salad, Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 375 kcal
Author Samantha Buckner

Ingredients

Chicken:

  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast cubed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Other Salad Stuff:

  • 1 english cucumber cut lengthwise & then in slices
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  • 2 ears corn shaved off the ear
  • 2 medium avocados peeled, pitted, & diced
  • 1.5 cups cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup shaved parmesan cheese

Lemon Basil Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 0.5 tbsp minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup traditional basil pesto

Garnishment:

  • freshly chopped basil
  • shaved parmesan cheese
  • extra squeeze of lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Place a large nonstick pan or skillet over medium heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Slice the chicken breast into small chunks. Toss with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

  2. Once the pan has heated, add the chicken and allow to cook 6-8 minutes or until cooked through. Stirring frequently. Chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. 

  3. Remove from pan to a plate and allow to cool.

  4. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the remaining salad ingredients (minus the avocado) and combine into one large bowl. Combine the ingredients for the Lemon Pesto Dressing in a small mixing bowl.

  5. Toss half of the dressing with the chicken once it has cooled. Add the chicken to the salad and toss to thoroughly combine.

  6. Drizzle the remaining dressing overtop of the salad, add the avocado, and garnish with basil, additional parmesan cheese, and (if desired) extra lemon juice.

Recipe Notes

Tips:

  • You can swap cooking chicken for rotisserie chicken to cut back on time and cooking. To amp up this salad and make it even more summertime flavorful - grill the chicken!
  • If you cook the chicken and boil the corn: make sure both are cooled prior to tossing into the salad. You can swap corn on the cob for frozen corn (thawed).
  • Add the avocado and parmesan cheese when you're ready to serve. The avocado turns quickly once cut. This salad is best when served fresh.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Pesto Chicken Avocado Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 206
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22.9g 35%
Saturated Fat 4.5g 23%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 406.1mg 17%
Potassium 445.8mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 19.6g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5.2g 21%
Sugars 3.2g
Protein 28.1g 56%
Vitamin A 12.3%
Vitamin C 22.1%
Calcium 8.7%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Add the avocado and parmesan cheese when you're going to serve this. The avocado turns quickly once cut. This salad is best when served fresh. Add the avocado and parmesan cheese when you're going to serve this. The avocado turns quickly once cut. This salad is best when served fresh. Add the avocado and parmesan cheese when you're going to serve this. The avocado turns quickly once cut. This salad is best when served fresh.
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