Chicken pesto salad

When you hear the word ‘salad’ what do you think? Lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber – BORRRINNNG! Right? Nope. This is a taste explosion of salty, sweet, sharp, creamy, warm and cool. It’s everything a salad should be.

I beg you to use free range organic chicken, not because of the flavour, though that is really important, but because of chickens themselves, who are sensitive creatures and need treating with care rather than being confined to cages and never seeing daylight.

Chicken is an occasional luxury. It tastes lovely but should be savoured only once in a while.

Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Servings: 2
Servings: 2


  • 2 free range organic chicken thighs or 1 breast
  • sliced thickly
  • 2-3 dessert spoons of green pesto
  • small avocado sliced, optional
  • 2 handfuls of ripe baby tomatoes
  • couple of large handfuls of mixed salad leaves
  • half a ripe mango, sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon of pine nuts
  • 125g of mozzarella balls or 100g of crumbled feta
  • olive oil
  • quality balsamic vinegar
  • sea salt


Gently fry the chicken in olive oil, then add the pesto and pine nuts to the pan and leave to cook while you prepare the salad. After a while it’ll start to go a beautiful golden colour.

For the salad just arrange the leaves, tomatoes, mango and avocado on a plate then shake the oil and vinegar together a pinch of sea salt (feel free to add a drizzle of honey) and use to dress the salad.

Scatter the pesto chicken, pine nuts and cheese on top and just enjoy!

Nutrition Info


Chicken is one of the best sources of vitamin B3, otherwise known as niacin. Niacin is vitally important for energy production, changing protein, fat and carbohydrate into usable energy. In particular niacin helps convert starches, stored in the liver and muscles, into energy. It also plays an antioxidant role, helping to stop damaging free radicals from doing their nasty cell-destroying deeds.

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