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!!

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.

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 on “Balsamic Chicken Caprese Salad”

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

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

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

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

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

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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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