Balsamic-Mozzarella Chicken Salad

Ready in 15 minutes, this Italian-inspired salad relies on refrigerated grilled chicken and creamy fresh mozzarella.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 15 min
  • Servings 4

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
  • 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
19%
(Saturated Fat
9g,
9%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
85mg
85%;
Sodium
990mg
990%;
Total Carbohydrate
13g
13%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
7g
7%
),
Protein
37g
37%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
170%;
Vitamin C
50%;
Calcium
45%;
Iron
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 Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.