There are so many recipes that I love sharing with you guys. I love sharing cocktail recipes with you because there is something about putting different flavors of booze together in a creative way that makes me giddy. Like it’s not even always the drinking of it . . . okay, it’s the drinking of it too, but I just love making new concoctions.
And I love making you guys super simple and easy dinner recipes. Because obviously that is something that we all need, and eating the same thing all the time gets boring ya’ll.
But I have to say that maybe one of my *super* favorites (another lie, they are all my favorites) kind of recipes is dishes that you can take to potlucks. You know, the ones that are just perfect for a family BBQ or a baby shower or a family reunion. Recipes like my Taco Pasta Salad or my Italian Pesto Sliders or this *amazing* Spinach Dip.
I have thrown so many of those types of events, and every time I do I make some of the classics (always this Crab Pasta Salad) but I also love bringing something new to the party too! Sometimes I search out something that looks like it will be amazing and sometimes I come up with a new one.
So this is a new one for me and a new one for all of you searching out things to bring to your summer BBQs and family picnics. Pesto is always a hit to me. It adds such a great flavor to whatever you throw it in! This Italian Pesto Chicken Salad is full of all those things that compliment pesto perfectly, mozzarella, red peppers, red onion, and tomatoes. And then of course chicken. It is super simple to throw together and so delicious. I couldn’t stop taking nibbles of it. Always a sure sign that you have a winner.
I served mine on croissants with a little shredded parmesan and spinach. Perfect! 👌
- 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
- 1 cup pesto (or 8 oz jar)
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 4 cups cooked chicken, shredded and cut small
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- 1/2 small red onion, diced
- 1 cup small mozzarella pearls
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise, pesto, garlic powder, onion powder.
- In a large bowl mix together the remaining ingredients. Stir in the sauce and then add salt and pepper to taste.