Caprese Chicken Salad with the most incredible balsamic marinated chicken, fresh tomatoes, melt in your mouth mozzarella, grilled asparagus, creamy avocado and crispy bacon all drizzled with Creamy Balsamic Reduction Dressing = Out of this world!
This Caprese Chicken Salad will have you craving salad, dreaming about salad and not being able to stop eating salad! It is one of my favorite salads of all time and soon to be yours!
I got my grill on with my Teriyaki Chicken Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Pear Salsa, and now I can’t stop! And you won’t want to stop forking down this Caprese Chicken Salad. This salad is fresh, savory, tangy and comforting all wrapped up in each crunchy, creamy bite. Its one of my favorite salads ever.
So just like I couldn’t stop posting slow cooker recipes this past winter, you are going to be seeing a lot of grill recipes this spring/winter. And if you don’t have an outdoor grill, you can still make all the recipes on an indoor grill pan or even a kitchen skillet, just adjusting cooking times as needed. I love the grill not only for its ease and virtually zero cleanup but for the way it lends itself to fresh, healthier meals that just make you feel good. I try and eat mostly healthy but I don’t consider Carlsbad Cravings a “health blog” – more of a smart cooking blog making smarter choices without sacrificing flavor. And this Caprese Chicken Salad is loaded with flavor.
Looking for more Chicken Salad Recipes?
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- Teriyaki Chicken Salad with Pineapple Sesame Dressing
- Cilantro Lime Chicken Taco Salad with Fiesta Catalina Dressing
- Asian Salad (with Chicken) with Sriracha Peanut Dressing
- Greek Chicken Salad with Tzatziki Dressing and Pita Croutons
- Chipotle Chicken Salad with Honey Lime Mango Dressing
- Coconut Cashew Chicken Salad with Pineapple Ginger Vinaigrette
- Garden Caesar Salad with Lemon Basil Chicken
- Southwest Pepper Jack Salad with Chile Lime Chicken
- Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad with Cheesy Croutons
- Chinese Chicken Salad Wraps
What is Caprese?
Caprese refers to something from or in the style of Capri, an Italian island. Culinary speaking, “Caprese” refers to its namesake – Caprese Salad of fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. I loooooove fresh and bright Caprese flavors and have celebrated them in my Caprese Avocado Chicken Wraps, Caprese Pasta with Balsamic Chicken. Caprese Pasta Salad and Sheet Pan Caprese Chicken and Veggies.
How to Make Caprese Chicken Salad
The star of this Caprese Chicken Salad ensemble is the tender, juicy, Balsamic marinated chicken. After grilling my chicken and sampling a little piece, I kept sneaking more and more until I had to slap my own hand or there wouldn’t be any chicken left for the pictures. I couldn’t take the photos fast enough. The chicken is soooo good, I almost made a separate recipe just for the chicken – but I refrained hoping this salad would be enough to entice people to make this juicy flavor fireworks chicken.
After you whisk up your Balsamic Chicken Marinade with hints of Dijon, lemon juice, garlic and basil, you toss one tablespoon with your asparagus and tomatoes to marinate for more layers of flavor. The fresh asparagus gets grilled for about two minutes per side for crisp tender perfection then its time to toss all your ingredients together – grilled asparagus, marinated tomatoes, so-addicting-you-will-want-to-eat-it-all-by-itself mozzarella, creamy avocados, crispy bacon, fresh basil and Earthbound Farm Spinach with the crowning creamy Balsamic Reduction Dressing.
If you are familiar with balsamic reduction, then you know its one of the best things on earth. If you aren’t familiar with it, you simply boil your balsamic vinegar until it reduces and thickens to a sweet, full bodied flavored reduction. I thought the balsamic reduction itself was too strong as a dressing and it separates like the plague when whisked with oil, so I created a creamy balsamic dressing by whisking in a couple tablespoons mayonnaise, lemon juice, milk and a touch of Dijon. So silky, so full of flavor, so elevates this salad to better than the finest salad at the finest restaurant and bonus, its just so pretty too.
Caprese Chicken Salad with Asparagus, Avocado and Bacon. Because its grilling season, because every cart counts and because you deserve an insanely delicious salad!
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