Chicken Caprese Salad

Chicken Caprese Salad

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


This easy recipe for chicken caprese salad takes the classic mozzarella, tomato and lettuce salad and adds grilled chicken and a balsamic dressing!


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
  • Pinch each of salt and pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small head of romaine or green leafy lettuce, washed and torn into pieces
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 cup of mozzarella balls (knows as bocconcini) or regular mozzarella cut in cubes.  The best you can find!
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped


  1. Combine the oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper.  Save 1/4 cup of it for the dressing and pour the rest into a zippered plastic bag.  Add the chicken, seal the bag, turn it around a few times to coat the chicken and let it marinate in the fridge for a few hours.  At least one hour, but all day is fine!
  2. Heat the grill to high.  Grill the chicken (discarding the marinade in the bag) for 4 minutes per side.  Remove and let sit for about 5 minutes before slicing.
  3. While the chicken is resting, combine the lettuce, tomatoes and cheese in a large bowl.  Drizzle with most of the reserved dressing, tasting as you go to make sure you don’t overdress it.  Save a little dressing for the chicken.
  4. Slice the chicken and divide the lettuce mixture among 4 plates.  Top with sliced chicken and basil, drizzle the remaining dressing on the chicken and serve!