When we became empty nesters our whole way of eating changed. Now that it’s just two of us, there is a temptation is to eat out frequently. But when we do, we don’t feel or look our best…in other words, we get fat. Plus eating out takes it’s toll on the wallet! Fortunately we have found a way to achieve ‘quick and easy’ while keeping our meals healthy and delicious, we simply make easy to assemble salads and serve them with rotisserie chicken!. This Easy Caprese Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette is delicious, healthy, oh so pretty and takes minutes to assemble… no cooking required!
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The Easy Caprese Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette!
This recipe includes the classic Caprese ingredients: basil, heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, but I add baby greens to turn it into a green salad. Beautiful isn’t it? And once again you can use the ever convenient rotisserie chicken to keep it simple. But if you want to cook the chicken breasts yourself you can use the same method I use here (<–click)
The Basil Vinaigrette:
This dressing is so simple: whisk together olive oil, white balsamic or Champagne vinegar, and store bought pesto. Yup, that’s it, three ingredients! You can usually find O California White Balsamic and Champagne Vinegar the grocery store(<—Amazon link)
Now if you want to make your own pesto, far be it from me to discourage you. Find my recipe here. Need more ideas for what to do with that leftover pesto? Click here for pasta, here for pizza and here for grilled cheese!
Lovely, Simple, Healthy and Delicious!
It doesn’t get better than this…and clean up is a cinch! No pots or pans to wash. Perfection!
The Recipe: Caprese Chicken Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette!
An easy meal or side dish in under 10 minutes!
- 3 Tablespoons organic extra virgin olive oil
- 3 Tablespoons store bought or homemade basil pesto (see my recipe linked above in blog post)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons white balsamic or Champagne vinegar
- 5 ounces organic baby greens
- 2 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced (we use 1 yellow and 1 red)
- 1 cup fresh mozzarella packed in water, we used the kind that comes in little ovals but you could also cut it into cubes
- 2 Tablespoons toasted pine nuts
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- (optional) rotisserie chicken
Whisk together olive oil and pesto
Plate greens, cheese, tomatoes, and pine nuts
Whisk dressing again, toss salad with desired amount of basil vinaigrette
If you are using chicken, slice, plate and pour a little vinaigrette over chicken
season with sea salt and pepper if desired, serve!
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Post tags: Gluten free, grain free