Chicken Caprese Salad

By Rena |

This Chicken Caprese Salad is so flavorful with tender and juicy chicken breast in every bite. Loaded with veggies, protein, and tossed with a delicious honey balsamic dressing.

top view chicken salad in a blue bowl

Grilled chicken salads are one of our favorite meals to make. They can be enjoyed as a lunch or a light dinner option. Loaded with protein and nutrients, this chicken Caprese salad is full of flavor and easy to put together. Enjoy your favorite tomatoes mozzarella Caprese salad with a twist by making it into a full meal when you add some balsamic chicken breast to it. The grilled Chicken breast is so juicy and the salad is tossed in with a honey balsamic dressing. We added in some avocados for a boost of healthy fats and some fresh basil for a boost of fresh flavorful herbs.

Why you will love this caprese chicken

  • Simple and easy: this chicken caprese salad is simple and really easy to make. Takes just avout 30 minutes to put together.
  • Low carb: a grilled chicken salad recipe thats low in carbs and a perfect meal that’s keto-friendly.
  • So tasty: The flavor of this chicken caprese salad will blow you away. With a hint of honey and balsamic vinegar, it takes your salad game to a whole new level.
top view grilled chicken over caprese salad

Ingredients you will need

Below is just a list of ingredients you will need to grab from the store to make this chicken Caprese salad. Full measurements are listed further down below.

For the Marinade/Dressing
balsamic vinegar
olive oil
honey
garlic cloves
Italian seasoning
salt and pepper

For the Salad:
boneless and skinless chicken breasts
romaine lettuce, or any other lettuce
avocado
cherry or grape tomato
mini mozzarella balls
fresh basil leaves

ingredients to make chicken caprese salad

How to make this chicken caprese salad

  • Make the dressing: To a small jar add all the dressing/marinade ingredients and shake vigorously to combine.
  • Marinate the chicken: Pour about 1/3 of the marinade over the chicken and toss to completely coat. Reserve the remaining marinade to use as a dressing, but make sure it doesn’t touch the raw meat.
marinated chicken in a white bowl
  • Grill the chicken: Heat a grill pan or an outside grill over medium-high heat. Grill the chicken for about 5-7 minutes per side, or until charred and cooked through.
grilled chicken breast in a grill pan
  • Assemble the salad: To a large salad bowl add the romaine lettuce and top with remaining prepped veggies. Toss in the mozzarella balls and sliced grilled chicken.
  • Serve and enjoy: Drizzle with the remaining dressing and toss to combine.
close up view of chicken caprese salad in a blue bowl

recipe notes and tips

  • Chicken breast is recommended. But you may use boneless and skineless chicken thighs.
  • Use fresh mozzerella as you would when making traditional caprese. For the salad, we recommend using the fresh mozzarella balls. If for any reason you can’t find them, cut up fresh mozzarella into cubes.
  • Avocado: use firm ripe avocados. Not too soft because it could be mushy.
  • Other toppings you can add: bleuberries, strawberries, or walnuts
  • Fresh basil leaves are highly recommened instead of dried basil.
  • Any lettuce will work in place of Romaine.
  • If you dont have honey, you can use maple syrup.
top view caprese salad topped with grilled chicken

Frequently asked questions

What can I use instead of Basil in Caprese salad?

Even though basil brings out that unique flavor in Caprese salad, you can substitute it with fresh oregano or arugula.

Is fresh mozzarella bad for you?

Fresh mozzarella is not only low in calories and sodium compared to other cheeses, they also have a decent amount of protein. They also have a high amount of probiotics to help boost your immune system.

What to eat with chicken Caprese salad?

This chicken Caprese salad is a complete meal and doesn’t need to be served with any side dishes. You may have them with a side of fruit, some homemade dinner rolls, or serve with some chips.

top view of salad in a blue bowl with sliced grilled chicken

Other salads you may like

top view or chicken salad in blue bowl with avocado and fresh basil on side

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top view chicken salad in a blue bowl

Chicken Caprese Salad

Caprese style salad toppped with sliced juicy tender chicken breast and tossed in with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Ready in just 30 minutes.
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Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Low Fat
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 280kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

Marinade/Dressing

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 tsp dried Italian seasonings
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste

Salad:

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts around 8 oz each, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 large Romaine lettuce about 5 packed cups
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup mini mozzarella cheese balls
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  • To a small jar add all the dressing/marinade ingredients and shake vigorously to combine.
  • Pour about 1/3 of the marinade over the chicken and toss to completely coat. Reserve the remaining marinade to use as a dressing, but make sure it doesn’t touch the raw meat.
  • Heat a grill pan or an outside grill over medium-high heat.
  • Grill the chicken for about 5-7 minutes per side, or until charred and cooked through.
  • To a large salad bowl add the romaine lettuce and top with remaining prepped veggies. Toss in the mozzarella balls and sliced grilled chicken.
  • Drizzle with the remaining dressing and toss to combine.

Notes

  • you may sub the chicken with another protein like shrimp
  • Sub olive oil with avocado or grapeseed oil
  • honey can be replaced with maple syrup
  • do no overcook the chicken so it doesn’t come out too dry.
  • we used romance lettuce, but any other lettuce will work just fine.

Nutrition

Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 232mg | Potassium: 592mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 978IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1mg
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