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mertzie's simple salad chicken caprese style

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Michelle Koletar/Mertz
Harrisburg, PA

I was planning on creating a different dish yesterday, but things did not go as planned! So, I had lovely marinated chicken breasts and decided to make a chicken caprese salad with them. Light, refreshing & yummers!

★★★★★ 1
serves 4-6
prep time 20 Min
cook time 10 Min

Ingredients For mertzie's simple salad chicken caprese style

  • 3
    large chicken breasts, marinated in italian dressing overnight
  • large handful & more of fresh basil (i load it!)
  • handful of fresh italian parsley
  • 15 grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 block mozzarella, sliced in large chunks or slices
  • 1/2 red onion and 1/2 green pepper
  • garlic' crushed
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • freshly grated parmesan for on top
  • 1/4
    mix of 1/2 balsamic vinegar & 1/2 red wine vinegar (1/8 cup of each)
  • 3/4
    canola or olive oil
  • italian seasoning (about 1/2 tsp)
  • fresh thyme, crushed (about 1 tsp)
  • garlic, crushed (about 1/2 tsp or to your taste)
  • croutons or bread crumbs (optional -- see note at bottom)

How To Make mertzie's simple salad chicken caprese style

  • 1
    Marinate chicken breasts overnight, as stated. I used roasted red pepper Italian dressing. Grill chicken, red onions, and pepper until done. I sprinkled the chicken with smoked sea salt after it grilled.
  • 2
    Allow to cool off for a bit. Meanwhile, slice up your grapes and mozz. Rough chop the basil and parsley.
  • 3
    Slice chicken in large bite-sized chunks. Add the tomatoes, onions and green pepper. Pour a little of the dressing on top and stir gently. If you want more garlic flavor, add more crushed garlic. Add the basil & parsley. I added the mozz right as I was ready to serve and toppped with fresh parmesan. I also had some Bagel Chips in my cupboard, so I crushed those up good and sprinkled on top for some crunch. Usually I make homemade croutons, but was lazy and this worked great.
  • 4
    I served the rest of the dressing with the salad to pour over on each individual plate. My son doesn't like a lot of dressing and I do, so this way it keeps everyone happy. Enjoy!

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