Pesto and Bacon Chicken Salad
Recipe Type: Main
Serves: 8
Grab some crackers or bread, a few basil leaves, and a blanket and head out for a picnic with this pesto salad. This is a delicious spring meal that is still filling, perfect for an active day outdoors.
  • 8 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
  • ½ pound bacon, cooked, drained and chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ⅔ cup Basil Arugula Walnut Pesto (See below)
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped poblano peppers
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped vidalia onions
  • 2 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon lemon grated lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse grind black pepper
Basil Arugula Pesto
  • 4 cups packed washed basil leaves
  • 3 cups packed washed baby arugula leaves
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1½ cups grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1¾ to 2 cups extra virgin olive oil (depending on how thick you like your pesto)
Basil Arugula Pesto
  1. Place basil, arugula, walnuts, cheese, garlic, salt, pepper and tabasco in work bowl of food processor.
  2. Pulse on/off until the ingredients are chopped together. With the processor running, slowly pour the olive oil into the basil and arugula mixture until the pesto comes together and thickens.
  3. Remove the pesto from the work bowl and chill until needed. Pesto can be divided and stored in the freezer and saved for a later use.
  1. In a large bowl add the chicken, bacon, mayonnaise, pesto, peppers and onions. Stir well to blend.
  2. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, Tabasco, salt and pepper. Stir well to blend. Cover the chicken salad with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Serve over lettuce or as a sandwich.
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