Grilled Chicken and Asparagus Salad with Parsley Pesto Recipe

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Mildred Published: March 18, 2021 Modified: October 8, 2021
Grilled Chicken and Asparagus Salad with Parsley Pesto Recipe

How To Make Grilled Chicken and Asparagus Salad with Parsley Pesto

Have a serving of this grilled chicken and asparagus salad, assembled with tender chicken, crisp veggies, a parsley-lemon vinaigrette, for a filling meal!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



  • 1lbchicken,boneless
  • 1cupolive oil,plus 2½ tbsp
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 1lbasparagus
  • 1garlic clove
  • 2tbspwater
  • cupparsley leaves,loosely packed
  • 1tbsplemon juice
  • 3bibb lettuce head,(about 1½ lbs in all)


  1. Light the grill or heat the broiler.

  2. Coat the chicken breasts with 1 tablespoon of oil and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon each of salt and pepper.

  3. Grill or broil the chicken for 5 minutes. Turn and cook for about 5 minutes more until just done.

  4. When the chicken breasts are cool enough to handle, cut them into bite-size pieces.

  5. Toss the asparagus spears with 1½ tablespoons of oil and ⅛ teaspoon each of salt and pepper.

  6. Grill or broil the asparagus, turning occasionally, for about 10 minutes, until tender, depending on the width of the spears.

  7. Cut the spears into 2-inch lengths.

  8. In a blender, combine the garlic, water, parsley, lemon juice, ½ teaspoon of salt, and the remaining ⅓ cup of oil. Puree until smooth, scraping down the side of the blender with a spatula as necessary.

  9. In a large glass or stainless-steel bowl, toss the lettuce, chicken, and asparagus with half of the vinaigrette. Put the salad on plates.

  10. Drizzle the remaining vinaigrette over the salads, serve, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 773.09kcal
  • Fat: 71.72g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.47g
  • Trans Fat: 0.11g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 46.56g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 9.59g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.90g
  • Fiber: 4.83g
  • Sugar: 3.58g
  • Protein: 26.10g
  • Cholesterol: 85.05mg
  • Sodium: 1020.45mg
  • Calcium: 122.26mg
  • Potassium: 884.10mg
  • Iron: 6.81mg
  • Vitamin A: 387.60µg
  • Vitamin C: 44.32mg
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