Caprese Chicken Salad

easy chicken caprese salad

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This easy recipe for caprese chicken salad takes the classic mozzarella, tomato and basil combo and adds some chicken to the mix!


  • 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 breast halves
  • 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 (known 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!

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