Pesto Chicken Salad

Pesto Chicken Salad

Weather: 41 degrees, sun staying up later and later

Springtime in Alaska is confusing for my palate. This time of year is notoriously called “Break Up” because the ice is gradually breaking up and the snow is slowly, but surely, melting. It’s a sloshy, wet, muddy time of year. Sometimes the snow will melt, then refreeze, then melt, and refreeze… leaving slippery ice everywhere. There are days when I’m craving a big, fresh green salad (because it’s the middle of April), then I look outside to the snow-covered yard and think maybe a hearty, steaming soup would be a better option. The weather plays tricks on me. Or maybe it’s my mind playing the tricks.

Pesto just screams springtime to me. Having leftover homemade pesto on hand is a real treat. It adds vibrancy to even the most basic food and to my winter-weary palate. Take this chicken salad, for example. A couple of tablespoons of pesto and the standard chicken salad is elevated into something seasonal and extraordinary.

Pesto Chicken Salad


Yields: 2-4 servings

  • 2 chicken breast halves, cooked and chopped
  • 2T mayonnaise (possibly more)
  • 2T [pesto|]
  • squeeze of lemon (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For Sandwich:
  • bread or croissants (I used multigrain bread)
  • leafy lettuce
  • tomatoes, sliced

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. If necessary, add more mayo until the desired consistency is achieved. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.



Angie Walker41
Angie Walker41

Hi Maya, I just want to say that I will be following you forever..... My brother (retired Air Force) lives in Alaska (near Anchorage). I have been there during the summer months and immediately fell in love. I did a little river salmon fishing, ate at Humpys, took a four hour glacier cruise, and did tons of site seeing. Definitely God's country. I found you through Pinterest and I"m heading to your Facebook page to follow you there too. Your foods/recipes look so wonderful and I can't wait to start testing them in my own kitchen. I am at in Ohio.

Alaska from Scratch
Alaska from Scratch

Welcome, Angie! So glad you found me. :) My husband's family is from the Ohio and Michigan area. Thanks so much for the support!


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