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Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Salad with Balsamic Dressing

This roasted red pepper chicken salad with balsamic dressing is different than your normal run of the mill chicken salad and that’s just how I like it, a little different. Lately we have been on a search for a good chicken salad that doesn’t have all of the mayo in it. I think we have finally figured one out! WAHOO!!! Homemade pitas make this so much more yummy. They are softer than your store bought pitas, which I love! The pine nuts add a light crunch and nutty flavor that goes beautifully with the basil and roasted red peppers. Oh, and the dressing? So LIGHT! I love that! Give these a try this week and let me know what you think!

Are Red Peppers Hot?

Red bell peppers are sweet and rank zero on the heat scale.

But, other red peppers vary in heat according to the type of pepper.

Are Bell Peppers Good For You?

Bell peppers are low in calories and are loaded with good nutrition. 

All bell peppers are excellent sources of vitamins A and C, potassium, folic acid, and fiber.

Red bell peppers have almost 11 times more beta-carotene and 1.5 times more vitamin C than green bell peppers.

Can Pine Nuts Cause Allergies?

Pine nuts can cause allergies just as other tree nuts may.

Pine nuts can cause mild, moderate, and severe allergic responses including anaphylaxis.

Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Salad with Balsamic Dressing

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6


For the Salad

  • 3 Cups chicken shredded, cooked (I roasted a whole bird for more flavor)
  • 3/4 Cup bell peppers Roasted red, sliced thin
  • 1/4 Cup Pine Nuts Toasted
  • basil to taste Sliced

For the Dressing

  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Honey
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black pepper to taste


  • Whisk the dressing together and toss all ingredients in it.
  • Place in pita with green leaf lettuce and enjoy!


This would be a great recipe to use leftover chicken or you could cook the chicken ahead of time and put it in the freezer to cut down on prep time.
Nutrition Facts
Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Salad with Balsamic Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 231mg10%
Potassium 136mg4%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 621IU12%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Homemade Pitas (if you need the recipe)

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • Excellent! However, 1/2 or 3/4 of dressing would be more then sufficient. I found the amount of dressing was too much and made pita soggy and very messy to eat. Will make again simply with less dressing!

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  • Great photo and sandwich!

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  • looks fabulous, esp w/o the mayo! (though i do love mayo too)

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  • YUM!!!

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  • This does sound like a great healthy alternative. I'm impressed you made your own pitas!

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