Balsamic Chicken Caprese Salad

I love anything balsamic and in the summer I especially love caprese salads.

Although tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil know no true seasons for me.

Balsamic Chicken Caprese Salad - Juicy chicken coated in balsamic along with plump tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and basil!! Easy, healthy, ready in 15 minutes! The caprese salad you'll make AGAIN and again!!

It’s an easy salad that’s healthy, ready in 15 minutes, and loaded with flavor.

Since there’s already balsamic vinegar on traditional caprese salads, the balsamic chicken was a great complement.

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Balsamic Chicken Caprese Salad - Juicy chicken coated in balsamic along with plump tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and basil!! Easy, healthy, ready in 15 minutes! The caprese salad you'll make AGAIN and again!!

Rather than solely using balsamic vinegar when I cooked the chicken and to dress the salad, I also used Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Salad Dressing.

It’s made with simple ingredients and is a choice you can feel good about. It enhanced the flavor of the chicken as well as the fresh ingredients in the salad.

Balsamic Chicken Caprese Salad - Juicy chicken coated in balsamic along with plump tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and basil!! Easy, healthy, ready in 15 minutes! The caprese salad you'll make AGAIN and again!!

The chicken is tender and juicy and it’s perfect with the crisp lettuce, creamy fresh mozzarella, juicy ripe tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and peppery fresh basil. Everything is coated with the creamy Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Salad Dressing.

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Balsamic Chicken Caprese Salad - Juicy chicken coated in balsamic along with plump tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and basil!! Easy, healthy, ready in 15 minutes! The caprese salad you'll make AGAIN and again!!

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Balsamic Chicken Caprese Salad

This is an easy salad that's healthy, ready in 15 minutes, and loaded with flavor. Since there's already balsamic vinegar on traditional caprese salads, the balsamic chicken was a great complement. The chicken is tender and juicy and it's perfect with the crisp lettuce, creamy fresh mozzarella, juicy ripe tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and peppery fresh basil. Everything is coated with a creamy Balsamic Dressing.

Yield: serves 4

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Cook Time: about 7 minutes

Total Time: about 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • about 1.25 pounds boneless, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • salt and pepper, for seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Salad Dressing, plus more for dressing the salad
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, plus more for dressing the salad
  • 4 cups romaine or Italian lettuce blend
  • 1 or 2 medium tomatoes, diced (I used Roma, vine-ripened or cherry tomatoes may be substituted)
  • 3/4 cup fresh mozzarella (I used small balls called ciliegine; another type of mozzarella may be substituted)
  • 3/4 cup English cucumber, diced (regular cucumbers may be substituted)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh basil or to taste, finely minced

Directions:

  1. To a large skillet, add the olive oil, chicken, evenly season with salt and pepper, and cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, or until chicken is 90% cooked through. Stir and flip intermittently to ensure all sides cook evenly.
  2. Add 3 tablespoons Balsamic Salad Dressing, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, stir to combine and make sure all pieces of chicken are coated. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes over medium heat or until chicken is cooked through. Allow chicken to rest in pan, off the heat, while you plate the salad.
  3. To a large platter or bowl, add the lettuce, tomatoes, mozzarella, cucumber, chicken, and evenly sprinkle with basil.
  4. Drizzle with salad dressing and balsamic vinegar, to taste. Toss to combine and serve immediately.
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36 comments

  1. We are lovers of blue cheese dressing on almost any and all salads!

  2. I almost had this exact salad last night–the only difference was that I used goat cheese instead of mozzarella and precooked chicken strips. My salad greens and basil are plentiful right now so I am currently on a kick with this combination or black grapes, blue cheese and balsamic.

  3. I love salads with a lot of mixed greens, grilled chicken and peppers. I also like Italian dressing..I usually choose that for my dressing.

  4. These all look great! I love cobb salad with grilled chicken, bacon, eggs, and avocado.

  5. Cobb salad is my go to salad.

  6. i love salads with goat cheese, candied pecans, a fruit, and grilled chicken!

  7. I go back and forth between Caesar salad dressing and ranch dressing. I especially love lots and lots of red/orange/yellow bell peppers in my salads!

  8. This salad is the perfect summer lunch meal — it’s so light and fresh and colorful! Here at HW, we can’t wait to try it out. 

    xo, 
    The Newsette 
    http://www.thenewsette.com 

  9. Lemon, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Almond Quinoa Salad looks so good! I like blueberry feta salad.

  10. can you EVER go wrong with caprese?! always so delicious, couldn’t agree more :) pinned! xo

  11. I love salad, I would say a homemade Cobb is my favorite, with my nana’s homemade italian dressing which I’m learning to perfect to taste just like hers. Nothing made her prouder then when a waitress asked me what kind of dressing I wanted and I said Nana’s!

  12. I love salads that have a lot of “bits” in them, my favorite one is a taco salad from all of the fixings leftover from the tacos I made the night before. Yum!

  13. I found your site while looking for new salad ideas..
    What a wonderful selection you offer..

    I love Caprese Salad and anything balsamic heightens my interest… This will be put together soon… :O)

  14. My favorite is a tossed green garden salad with honey/mustard dressing and goat cheese crumbles.

  15. Charlotte Moore Reply

    I love Taco salad. Some of them anyway. HA!! Your loaded chicken taco salad looks wonderful.

    Thanks for a chance to win the Visa Gift Card.

  16. Thanks for those delicious sounding salads! I look forward to trying several. One fun salad I enjoy making and taking  is popcorn salad. It has popcorn, bacon, celery, cheese, etc. It is tasty and friends seem to love it. The ingredients are so unusual. Try it!

  17. On my salads I love to add a little bit of some roasted red pepper hummus mixed with some balsamic vinaigrette to give my salad a nice zip as well as add a creamy texture to it from the hummus!!

  18. I just found your site yesterday and I already wanna try some of your recipes, thanks for sharing !

  19. I love to make quinoa salad mixed with crumbled feta,black cured olives ,cucumbers and fresh basil.You can add chopped tomato, chopped onions and mix with red wine vinaigrette.I’m sure balsamic would work just as well

  20. I love adding cooked beets to salads with Balsamic or Vinagarette dressing. They give a salad good color, they add flavor, and beets are good for you too!
    We also love dried cranberries and candied walnuts in salads.
    There are so many things you can add to salads!!!

  21. Summer and salads just go together perfectly, and this salad looks delicious; I can’t wait to try it. Thank you!

  22. I love salad, any kind of salad will do! Blue cheese, avocado’s, eggs, fresh tomatoes yum yum :-)

  23. I love different flavor vinaigrettes and love to put them on my salads.

  24. I love putting lots of crunchy vegetables in my salad.

  25. I like a fried chicken cobb salad

  26. It’s not my recipe, but not too long ago I made a Vegetarian Kale Salad. It has kale, avocados, crispy chickpeas, fried eggs, and a dressing made with lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and apple cider vinegar. It’s delicious!

  27. hey girl I love a salad chop up fine with croutons ,blue cheese dressing and ranch and you can’t forget grated cheese! And maybe an egg on the side! Yummy! Plus sunflower seeds!

  28. I love salads and eat one everyday so it is very hard to pick a favorite. My go to salad would be a Wedge Salad with small diced tomatoes, some fresh herbs, crispy bacon and topped with blue cheese dressing.

  29. My favorite salad is a chopped salad with chicken and honey mustard dressing.

  30. Balsamic is my favorite! I make something similar to the Caprese salad,but use thinly chopped steak!

  31. I love a dark leafy greens salad with pears, blue cheese, peppered candied pecans, dried cranberries and a shallot vinaigrette.

  32. This salad looks SO fresh. Balsamic chicken is a perfect addition to a caprese salad :)

  33. Looks delish! My favorite salad is a simple kale salad. The key is to mix some chopped kale with lemon juice, olive oil, and salt… and MASSAGE the kale! Once it is good and soft, you can add whatever you like to it. I love to add some craisins, feta, and pecans… but the possibilities are endless! Salads are so versatile!

  34. Chiara Del Piccolo Reply

    I love to add chopped beets, black beans, and cottage cheese to my salads!

  35. My favorite salad is made with spinach, red onions and white wine vinegar…I read it in Cooking Light magazine, tried it and now bring to every picnic I attend…I am always asked for recipe…

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