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Grilled Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing

Make this Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad with creamy balsamic dressing and juicy grilled chicken. This easy salad is a perfect summer meal!

This Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad is loaded, LOADED, with flavour…basil, balsamic vinegar, grilled chicken, cheese…so so delicious.

Caprese Pasta Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing

Pasta Salads are great on-the-go Meals!

These last couple of weeks have been very busy around here, as I’m sure they are in your homes too. The biggest challenge with these busy days are when activities land over the dinner hour. What’s a gal supposed to do? How am I supposed to feed the kids when we’re not even at home at dinner time? With quite a few of these days coming over the next month, I don’t want to feed the kids fast food…maybe once in a while, but not very often. So I’ve been trying to come up with easy and transportable meal ideas like this Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad.

This Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad is so flavourful!

This pasta salad is loaded, LOADED, with flavour…basil, balsamic vinegar, grilled chicken, cheese…all so so delicious. And the great thing about this salad is that it’s great right after you make it, but it’s also great served a couple of hours after it’s been made, which makes it perfect for eating on the go. So last week as we headed out to volleyball, I packed a tupperware container of this pasta salad for each of us, brought along some oatmeal raisin cookies and fresh fruit and we had a healthy dinner on the run.

Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe Tips:

  • CHEESE: You can use mini bocconcini cheese or any fresh mozzarella cheese.
  • TOMATOES: You can use any tomatoes for this salad: chopped large tomatoes, roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes
  • NOODLES: Any type of noodle works well for this pasta salad: spaghetti, rotini pasta, penne, farfalle
  • STORAGE: Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad

Grilled Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad

Make this Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad with creamy balsamic dressing and juicy grilled chicken. This easy salad is a perfect summer meal!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad

Ingredients

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Grilled Chicken:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt

Creamy Balsamic Dressing:

  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Salad Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of cooked noodles (I use a whole grain spaghetti noodle)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 large tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/23/4 cup mini bocconcini cheese
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 green onions (sliced)
  • 3 tbsp grated parmesan

Instructions

  1. Season the chicken breasts with the seasoning salt, and grill until cooked through.
  2. Cook the noodles according to package directions. Drain, and toss lightly with olive oil (about 2 tsp). Set aside.
  3. While the chicken is grilling, whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing: balsamic vinegar, olive oil, mayonnaise and salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl mix together the cooked noodles, fresh basil, chopped tomatoes, sliced onions, bocconcini cheese, spinach and parmesan cheese.
  5. Once the chicken is cooked, cut it into bite sized pieces, and add to the salad.
  6. Stir in the creamy balsamic vinegar dressing, and mix until everything is coated.
  7. You can serve this salad right away, or let it rest for up to an hour.
  8. Serve with extra fresh basil and sprinkle extra parmesan cheese if you wish.
  9. Enjoy!

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