Pesto Grilled Chicken Avocado Salad Recipe

Pesto Grilled Chicken Avocado Salad Recipe

How To Make Pesto Grilled Chicken Avocado Salad

This chicken avocado salad is unique in that its pesto dressing also works as a marinade. Salads will never be boring with this recipe.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes



For Dressing:

  • cupolive oil
  • 2tbspbasil pestohomemade or store bought
  • 2tbsplemon juiceadjust to your tastes
  • 2tbspwateroptional, for a thinner consistency
  • 2tspgarlicminced
  • 1tspsalt
  • cracked pepperto taste
  • 4chicken thigh filletsor chicken breasts (skinless and boneless)

For Salad:

  • 4cupsRomaineor Cos lettuce leaves, washed and dried
  • 1largecucumberdiced
  • 1cupgrape tomatoesor cherry tomatoes, diced
  • ½red onionsliced
  • 1avocadosliced
  • ½cupfetacrumbled
  • lemon wedgesto serve
  • 2tbsppestoto serve
  • 2tbspfresh chopped basilor parsley, to garnish


  1. Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients in a large jug.

  2. Pour out half of the dressing into a large, shallow dish.

  3. Refrigerate the remaining marinade to use as a dressing later.

  4. Add the chicken to the marinade in the bowl.

  5. Marinate chicken in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes (or up to 2 hours if time allows).

  6. While waiting for the chicken, prepare all of the salad ingredients and mix them in a large salad bowl.

  7. Once the chicken is ready, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a grill pan or a grill plate over medium-high heat.

  8. Grill chicken on both sides until browned and completely cooked through.

  9. Allow chicken to rest for 5 minutes; slice and arrange over salad.

  10. Drizzle salad with the remaining dressing.

  11. Serve with lemon wedges, extra basil pesto, and chopped basil or parsley, to garnish.


  • Calories: 815.39kcal
  • Fat: 67.19g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.90g
  • Trans Fat: 0.16g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 32.36g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 9.78g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.96g
  • Fiber: 6.46g
  • Sugar: 5.12g
  • Protein: 38.42g
  • Cholesterol: 207.16mg
  • Sodium: 1092.70mg
  • Calcium: 190.49mg
  • Potassium: 1049.73mg
  • Iron: 3.32mg
  • Vitamin A: 302.38µg
  • Vitamin C: 23.50mg
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