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

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Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: 100 Family Favorite Easy Healthy Recipes
Keyword: chicken, roasted red pepper, salad
Calories: 1977kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


For the Salad

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

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.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 1977kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 110.7g | Cholesterol: 315mg | Fiber: 2.2g | Sugar: 18.9g
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Homemade Pitas (if you need the recipe)

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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5 comments on “Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Salad with Balsamic Dressing”

  1. 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!

  2. Great photo and sandwich!

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

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