Spring chicken and broccoli super food salad with avocado pesto

Spring chicken and broccoli super food salad with avocado pesto

Packed with superfoods and fantastic flavours, this seasonal chicken salad will give your immune system a boost as well as tasting fantastic.

This recipe serves four and has around 320 calories per portion.


  • 250g tenderstem broccoli
  • 2 teaspoons of oil (rapeseed or olive)
  • 1 red onion
  • 100g watercress
  • 2 raw beetroots, peeled and thinly sliced (or - much easier - buy a bag of raw, sliced beetroot)
  • 1 teaspoon of nigella seeds
  • 3 chicken breasts

Pesto Ingredients

  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 crushed garlic glove
  • 25g crushed walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Lemon juice and zest


  1. Boil the broccoli for a short time, so it retains its firmness
  2. Toss the broccoli in a little oil and griddle for around three minutes, until the broccoli is slightly charred. Then set aside
  3. Brush the chicken with oil, season well and griddle until cooked through. Then shred it into small pieces.
  4. To make the pesto: put basil, avocado, garlic, walnuts, oil, lemon juice and a splash of cold water into a food processor. Season to taste.
  5. To serve, place watercress in a salad bowl and add the broccoli, red onion, beetroot and chicken. Season with a small handful of basil, lemon zest and nigella seeds.
  6. Serve with avocado pesto on the side.


The Author

Jessica Ward

Jessica lives in South West London. Boxercise, yoga, pilates, weight training and long distance running are her main interests.


Roger B.
29 March 2016

Roger B.

this looks posh enough to impress some visitors - and that is exactly what I intend to do. Who said healthy meant dull?

Emma C.
27 March 2016

Emma C.

Fabulous recipe! Perfect for this weather and so simple - thank you.

Roger B.
27 March 2016

Roger B.

looks good - I'd probably stir fry rather than grill as I prefer the taste. If anyone has a source of decent avocados I'd love to know, having real problems with that. Is there a season for them?

Mike D.
23 March 2016

Mike D.

Hi Sasha - you could also sub the walnuts for sunflower or pumpkin seeds. You don't have to use pine nuts at all.

Sasha B.
23 March 2016

Sasha B.

I am definitely going to try this. The pesto sounds amazing, and what a good idea to use walnuts instead of the more expensive pinenuts.

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