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Balsamic-Mozzarella Chicken Salad

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  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 15 min
  • Servings 4
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Ready in 15 minutes, this Italian-inspired salad relies on refrigerated grilled chicken and creamy fresh mozzarella.

Ingredients

1
container (8 oz) small fresh mozzarella cheese balls, drained
1
pint (2 cups) cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1
package (10 oz) refrigerated grilled chicken breast strips
1/2
cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing
12
leaves romaine lettuce
Chopped fresh basil leaves, if desired

Directions

  • 1 In medium bowl, gently stir mozzarella, tomatoes and chicken. Drizzle with dressing; toss lightly.
  • 2 Line each of 4 plates with 3 lettuce leaves; spoon salad onto lettuce-lined plates. Garnish with basil.

Expert Tips

Fresh mozzarella is packed in liquid and is very mild and sweet tasting. Look for small, fresh, pearl-size mozzarella balls called Perline, but if unavailable, use any size fresh mozzarella and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.

Add 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves to the salad, if desired, rather than just sprinkling some on top.

Leftover grilled chicken would be a great substitute for the purchased grilled chicken. Do a planned leftover and throw on an extra chicken breast next time you’re grilling. Slice it and freeze.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (1 1/4 Cups)
Calories
370
Calories from Fat
170
% Daily Value
Total Fat
19g
29%
Saturated Fat
9g
44%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
85mg
29%
Sodium
990mg
41%
Potassium
480mg
14%
Total Carbohydrate
13g
4%
Dietary Fiber
3g
11%
Sugars
7g
Protein
37g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
170%
170%
Vitamin C
50%
50%
Calcium
45%
45%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 5 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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