strawberry caprese chicken salad with a maple balsamic vinaigrette

strawberry caprese grilled chicken salad with a maple balsamic vinaigrette dressing

grilled chicken breast marinated in a maple balsamic vinaigrette, tossed with fresh, crispy greens, smooth mozzarella cheese, and sweet strawberries.
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Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy grilled chicken salad, strawberry caprese salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
marinate: 2 hours
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 700kcal


maple balsamic vinaigrette dressing

  • 3/4 cup olive oil, extra-virgin - or avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup - omit if on a whole30 or keto
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

grilled chicken strawberry caprese salad

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast - can also use chicken thighs if preferred
  • 1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 cup maple balsamic vinaigrette dressing, divided in half - recipe above
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil - or avocado oil
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, washed and sliced
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced or cubed
  • 1 large avocado, pitted and sliced - haas avocado suggested
  • 4 cups mixed greens of choice - romaine, spring mix, baby kale, etc
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, torn or finely chopped - chiffonade


maple balsamic vinaigrette dressing

  • To a blender, add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper. Blend until the vinaigrette is emulsified (creamy). Can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to one (1) week.

grilled chicken strawberry caprese salad

  • To a large resealable bag or bowl, add chicken breast or thighs. Season with salt and pepper. Pour half of the maple balsamic dressing (approx 1/2 cup) and pour over chicken breasts. Refrigerate no less than 2 hours, up to 8 hours.
  • Remove chicken from maple balsamic marinade.  To a large skillet, add oil and heat skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, grill chicken until it reaches 165F, about 12-15 minutes. Remove from skillet or grill pan, and allow to cool 7-10 minutes. Slice or cube for salad. 
  • To a large bowl, combine strawberries, mozzarella, avocado, greens, and grilled chicken. Toss with remaining maple balsamic vinaigrette and combine. Garnish with fresh basil and enjoy.


dressing/marinade can be made in advance
chicken and salad can be made in advance - wait to toss in dressing until right before serving.
To keep whole 30: omit mozzarella. Omit maple syrup in dressing; can sub in 3 dates for natural sweetness.
To lower carbs: half the amount of maple syrup, or omit altogether


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 700kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 45g | Fiber: 6g
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