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Caprese Salad with Chicken

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Caprese Salad with Chicken: The classic Italian tomato, basil and mozzarella salad turned into an entree topped with grilled chicken.

Grilled chicken breast over a Caprese Salad with Chicken

Caprese Salad with Chicken

My herbs were poking their green heads through the garden soil. Purple blossoms donned my chives. I planted my basil, rosemary and dill. And I dreamed of the garden tomatoes I’d see come August. I just could not wait till August, though, to whip up my first Caprese salad of the year. And to make it hubby friendly, I added a simple, grilled chicken breast to make it a meal. Mr. Meat and Potatoes would be rooting around in the cabinets for some peanut butter if I didn’t have a slab o’ meat on his plate, thus the Caprese Salad with Chicken. Some shredded chicken added to the mix would be another marvelous way to eat this salad as an entree.

Overhead view of a Caprese Salad

Choose Dreams

One of my favorite summer flavors is a juicy garden tomato. American Family insurance has started a #ChooseDreams campaign to encourage families to make healthy food choices and get active. Planting a garden helps with both. Cherry tomatoes can be grown in a big pot on a balcony or patio, so there’s no excuse not to have fresh tomatoes at your disposal by the end of the summer. I have memories of eating warm tomatoes right off the vine from our childhood garden. And radishes directly from the rich, black Iowa soil. If you don’t have space for even a planter, gather your family and head to the local farmers’ market. You will love the amazing produce that will inspire you and your family to eat healthier. I hope a tomato salad will work its way onto your menu before the end of the summer.

Caprese Salad with Chicken in a white serving bowl

Chicken and Caprese Salad

Chicken and Caprese Salad

The classic Italian salad with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil made into an entree with grilled chicken

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 4 servings


For salad:

  • 2 pounds fresh garden tomatoes, chopped (or halved grape or cherry tomatoes in the off season)
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella, cubed or small perline mozzarella balls
  • I cup diced celery
  • 1 cup basil chiffonade (rolled and thinly sliced basil)
  • 1-2 minced garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Salt to taste (I used 1 teaspoon)
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

For chicken:

  • 2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Seasoning salt
  • Olive oil


  1. Mix tomatoes, mozzarella, celery, basil and garlic in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together salt, pepper and vinegar. While whisking, drizzle in the olive oil. Pour dressing over tomato salad and genly toss to combine.
  2. Season chicken with seasoning salt. Brush grill pan with olive oil and cook, flipping once, till chicken is cooked through.
  3. Serve chicken with salad on the side.


Inspired by Food Network Magazine

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g


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41 comments on “Caprese Salad with Chicken”

  1. Excellent campaign! Mozzarella and tomatoes are a good tandem!

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  2. What a great salad. Fresh garden vegetables are the best.

  3. Lizzy, you have whipped up another eye catching and lip smacking salad! The addition of grilled chicken is great and makes it a complete meal by itself.

  4. Oh can someone make it for me! 😀 Just delicious..

  5. This looks fantastic Liz! Love this caprese salad with the fresh garden veggies! Can’t wait for the summer tomatoes too, they’re my favorite 🙂

  6. Thanks for a dinner plan for tonight. I have all these ingredients, including half a rotisserie chicken to shred for the carnivore I live with. We have great tomatoes in Florida, nearly year round. I might have to add some chowder as a side for him so he doesn’t beg for ice cream later.

  7. Your salad looks fantastic! The thought of a tomato fresh off the vine makes me swoon. I can’t wait for August. Tomatoes, sweet corn and cucumbers every day until they’re gone by.

  8. I was just thinking this morning (while making egg salad) that a protein really helps make a salad a meal! Your tomatoes are beautiful:@)

  9. I love caprese salad. Yours looks so so good with the different color tomatoes.

  10. Absolutely gorgeous salad Liz!

  11. Such a beautiful dish! I love all the fresh flavors.

  12. LOVE Caprese flavors!!! Will be making this ASAP! Pinned as well! I just made a marghertia pizza with fresh arugula–you may enjoy that as well.

  13. This looks amazing Liz! Gorgeous salad. Love this recipe with the fresh garden veggies!

  14. Love love this salad!!! – I have all the ingredients for dinner tonight! Yum.

  15. There will definitely be lots of tomato salads on our menu this year, Liz. I went a bit tomato crazy since this is my first year in quite a long time. I started small, thank heavens, but bought so many different varieties of tomatoes! I just had to plant some basil too. There’s and old wives tale that says planting basil by tomatoes not only keeps it healthy but also makes the tomatoes taste even better! Who knows but, I’m not taking any chances, lol…

    Your Caprese Salad dressed with Chicken looks simply heavenly, Liz. A win, win meal indeed! Thank you so much for sharing, Liz…

  16. I have been addicted to grape tomatoes lately… now I think I need to try this salad. 🙂 Perfect low carb for me. 🙂

  17. Looks wonderful, Liz! I love this idea for a summer meal with definite personality and flavor…thanks for sharing!

  18. Looks yummy. I like how you added the flowers for the photograph. Adds a nice touch of purple.

  19. Gorgeous caprese, I could live off this all summer long!

  20. I want that salad, with or without chicken. Either way…I’m diving in!

  21. I’m not a big fan of caprese salad, but the chicken looks delicious!

  22. What a colorful salad and the chicken taking the center stage. Looks delicious, Liz. 🙂

  23. This is a gorgeous salad Liz. I love all the colors, textures and flavors, definitely could be dinner for me!

  24. absolutely delectable, amazing, delish, devourable!! WOW. xx

  25. Ha! I love the idea of your husband rooting around in the cupboard for peanut butter. Adding chicken to this salad is probably a better choice!

  26. Sounds ever so delicious…. it’s a bleak winter’s day downunder and I am still tempted to try some of this salad!

  27. Those photos say summer to me! Lovely.

  28. This dish screams summer! Tomorrow is my first trip to the Farmers Market this season and I am super excited!

  29. What a great version of caprese. Makes for a fantastic lunch al fresco!

    ela h.

  30. Wonderful salad Liz! The garlic goes in the dressing, right?
    Delicious, we absolutely loved this!
    Thank you, have a beautiful weekend!

  31. Liz, this screams summer out loud! Happy vibrant colour and wonderful flavour. Thanks for sharing and have a marvelous Friday!

  32. Your salad is so cheery, Liz! Nice touch with the chicken, too…And lucky you to have a herb garden. Yes, we actually grew cherry tomatoes in our apartment but garden fresh is the best!

  33. I LOVE that you made a complete summer meal out of the classic caprese salad! Beautiful, colorful and HEALTHY! Ohhh I forgot DELICIOUS!!

  34. Liz – your salad looks like perfection in a bowl. It just looks amazing!

  35. Looks delicious Liz, I love caprese salad and they are so great with fresh tomatoes. Love the purple flower on the chives. I’ve never seen those 😀

  36. Lizzy,
    I love mozzarella. This looks delicious and I could have a plate to two.

  37. Oh my heavens that looks like summer in a bowl!!! We are headed to the farmers market tomorrow and I know one of my vendors will have the most wonderful heirloom tomatoes, I’m getting them and making this!!

  38. It’s going to be in the 90s all week so this salad will be perfect! Fresh salad and minimal cooking is the way to go. Great meal Liz!

  39. Liz, I have chicken marinating as we speak and I was wondering what to make for dinner tonight. Thanks for the healthy inspiration.

  40. Looks so good, full of colour and flavour.

  41. Liz, this is one of my favorite summertime combinations. I prepare mine a little differently, but love how you have made this into a salad. Next time I’m trying your version!

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