This chicken pesto salad with cucumber noodles was born out of one of those fridge moments - you know, the ones where you're gazing into the depths of the fridge wondering what on earth you can throw together for lunch with the left overs. A cold chicken leg, half a cucumber and a bowl of pesto tentatively jumped out at me as a possibility, and boy was it good, and really quick and easy too. Perfect.
Succulent chicken, juicy cucumber, crunchy pumpkin seeds and zesty pesto make this a winning combination that will delight your cells as well as your taste buds!
Cucumber is a fabulous source of these essential nutrients:
Basil is a rich source of vitamins A, C and K, along with magnesium, iron, potassium and calcium.
Pumpkin seeds are absolutely packed with magnesium, zinc and omega 3s.
Chicken thigh provides vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Zinc, Selenium, and Niacin as well as being a great source of protein of course.
You could easily serve this as a light evening supper, or you could combine it with a colourful selection of other salads and perhaps a quiche, or meatloaf, for a lovely lunch buffet which would add interest through a variety of flavours, textures and colours, all of which would increase the nutrient load of your meal too. This salad would also make a fabulous filling for our gluten free pancakes!