One of the things that I love to do during summer is have a picnic. I love being able to pack a meal, like these pesto chicken salad sandwiches, and enjoy it in the beautiful outdoors with the wonderful weather.
Well, today I am sharing a great recipe perfect for a picnic because it is National Picnic Day. It’s a variation on the usual chicken salad. This version includes pesto! It’s a great addition that adds a punch of flavor.
When you take this on a picnic, you should wait and assemble the sandwiches at your picnic spot. Also, since there is mayo involved in the salad, be sure to keep it in a cooler until you are ready to fix up the sandwiches.
Also, I’ve teamed up with some other wonderful food bloggers today as part of the celebration. I have 21 other picnic perfect recipes from the #celebratingfood2016 bloggers. Have fun perusing all the recipes below and planning the perfect summer picnic!
- 3 cups cooked and shredded chicken
- 1/2 cup light sour cream
- 1/2 cup light or regular mayonnaise
- 3 Tbsp pesto
- 1 celery rib, diced
- 1/3 cup finely diced red onion
- 1/2 of a lemon, zested and juiced
- Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- 4 sandwich rolls
- 4 slices of cheese (I used Muenster)
- 1 tomato, sliced
- In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken, sour cream, mayonnaise, pesto, celery, red onion, lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper.
- Serve on sandwich rolls with cheese, sliced tomato, and lettuce. Serves 4.
Recipe adapted from Valerie’s Kitchen.
Celebrating Food Bloggers Recipes (all pictured above)
S’more Truffle Pops from Ashlee Marie
Macaroni Salad from Like Mother Like Daughter
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad from Creations by Kara
Italian Orzo Pasta Salad from The Stay At Home Chef
Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad from Life Made Simple
Slow Cooker Savory Baked Beans from 365 Days of Slow Cooking
Turkey Club Picnic Sandwiches from The Baker Upstairs
BBQ Chicken Salad Wraps from Summer Scraps
More Strawberry Recipes from Real Mom Kitchen
More Picnic Recipes from The Celebrating Food Bloggers
Picnic Party from Ashlee Marie
Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad from Like Mother Like Daughter
Bear Cookies from Like Mother Like Daughter
Slow Cooker Baked Beans from Like Mother Like Daughter
Secret Ingredient Potato Salad from Creations by Kara
Broccoli Salad from Creations by Kara
Pressed Italian Picnic Sandwiches from The Stay At Home Chef
Homemade Lemonade with Real Lemons from The Stay At Home Chef
Watermelon Avocado and Cucumber Salad from The Stay At Home Chef
The Best Buttermilk Cornbread from Life Made Simple
Wheat Berry Salad with Lime Dressing, Avocados, Jicama and Red Peppers from 365 Days of Slow Cooking
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad from Summer Scraps
Cherry Limeade from Summer Scraps
Apple Pecan Chicken Salad Wraps from The Baker Upstairs
Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps from The Baker Upstairs
Basic Potato Salad from The Baker Upstairs