Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad (20 Minute Meal)


Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad is a cool and filling, gluten-free and fabulously fresh!

Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad | iowagirleats.com

Hey all, hope you’re having a happy Labor Day weekend!

It’s been an eventful couple of days around here. First of all, someone turned one month old on Friday, which I can hardly even believe. I feel like we just brought Lincoln home from the hospital last week! On one hand I can’t wait for fun milestones like giggling and reaching for me with both arms, but on the other hand I want him to stay my snuggly newborn forever. Oh what a struggle.

I celebrated the big day by taking millions of pictures and kissing every inch of his entire face. Lincoln celebrated by sleeping for a 6 hour stretch in the middle of the night…then stayed up for the next 2 hours wanting to party. How can you be be mad at a face like this, though?! ;)


On Saturday I spent the day at a hog farm in northeast Iowa (not kidding) for Join My Journey. It was so hard to leave L for the first time (and a sad Jewel song I heard on the radio while driving there definitely caused some tears to flow!) but I ended up having a great time and loved meeting the farm family. Getting to hold one of their 4-day-old baby piglets, which I fondly referred to as Wilbur, was a highlight too. So. Stinking. Cute!


Yesterday the whole family convened at my parents house for Sunday lunch. My Mom made a fresh pomodoro pasta, but the real showstopper was dessert…


Mini S’more Pies! Do you guys want the recipe? UPDATED: Here’s the Mini S’more Pies recipe >


These mini graham cracker pie shells filled with chocolate and marshmallows, then finished with a chocolate drizzle on top were as lip smackingly-delish as they were absolutely adorable.


Finn, who had chocolate smeared across his entire face after devouring asked, “Did you love yours, Aunt Kristin?” Yes, Finn, yes I did!


Afterwards Ben and I headed home and ended the evening with a nice long walk on some nearby trails. The heat finally broke on Sunday and it was a gorgeous, breezy 73 degrees. Pure bliss after the furnace-esque weather we’ve been facing this past week.


To wrap up this Labor Day weekend I thought I’d share a very un-laborious recipe, if you will. Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad could not be easier to make and is one of the tastiest salads I’ve made pretty much, um, ever. I actually created it when I was cleaning out the fridge last week, shared it on Instagram, then had so many requests for the recipe that I decided to go ahead and share it on the blog!

Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad | iowagirleats.com

I guess I’m using the word “recipe” very loosely here. There’s no need for measuring – just combine fresh ingredients like creamy avocado and seasoned chicken breats, with classic Caprese fixin’s like tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese, then drizzle with a heavy dose of reduced balsamic vinegar. This salad is HEAVEN!

Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad | iowagirleats.com

Start with the chicken. I sauteed garlic salt and pepper-seasoned chicken breasts for dinner once last week and just cooked an extra one to put on top of this salad. Chop the chicken up then place it on a bed of crunchy romaine lettuce.

I liked adding chicken to this Caprese Salad because while Ben appreciates the combo of tomato, mozzarella, and basil as much as the next guy, a salad lacking protein is not a meal, in his humble opinion.

Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad | iowagirleats.com

Next add juicy cherry tomatoes that have been cut in half.

Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad | iowagirleats.com

I am drowning in tomatoes at the moment! Between the farmers’ market, my Mom’s garden, and my sister-in-law’s garden, I could eat tomatoes everyday for a month and still have some leftover. I chose my sister-in-law’s uber-sweet Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes for this salad. They really are the best tomatoes ever.

Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad | iowagirleats.com

Next add fresh mozzarella. You could chop up a ball of mozz or go the super-easy route and buy these precious fresh mozzarella “pearls”. Love ’em!

Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad | iowagirleats.com

Now add chopped avocado. I had a few that were nearing use-or-lose status, which is why I initially added them to the salad. LOVED the creamy texture, and cool flavor they added.

Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad | iowagirleats.com

Finally add tons of fresh torn basil, and a extra heavy drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar on top, which will act like salad dressing. I used leftover balsamic reduction from my Fresh Peach Crostini with Whipped Honey Feta and Balsamic ReductionThe reduction will keep just fine in the fridge for quite some time (I don’t know exactly how long because it never lasts more than a few days in my house.)

Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad | iowagirleats.com

That’s it! SO HARD, right?! #not

Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad | iowagirleats.com

Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad


Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad is a cool and filling twist on the classic. Gluten-free and fabulously fresh!


  • Romaine lettuce
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Avocado, chopped
  • Fresh mozzarella, chopped
  • cooked chicken breasts, chopped (I used garlic salt & pepper-seasoned, sauteed chicken breasts)
  • Fresh basil, torn
  • balsamic reduction (see below for recipe)


  1. Top plates of lettuce with tomatoes, avocado, fresh mozzarella cheese, chicken, and basil. Drizzle balsamic reduction on top then serve.
  2. Click here for balsamic reduction recipe >

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad | iowagirleats.com

Enjoy this salad, and the rest of your holiday weekend!

Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad | iowagirleats.com

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  1. This looks SO GOOD! I love caprese salad, and love the addition of avocado and chicken even more!

  2. Christy L. 09.02.2013

    Ummm… I was going to make a cucumber and tomato salad out of the ones I got in my CSA, but I think this is a better idea! I can just toss some of those cukes onto this too. It looks amazing!

  3. Tieghan 09.02.2013

    This salad is my summer staple. I love it!! So pretty and so so delicious!

  4. Chris 09.02.2013

    The salad looks delish and your sweet little baby just breaks my heart to pieces… but I REALLY want to make the mini s’mores pies! Do you have the recipe, please and thank you?!?

  5. Tom T. 09.02.2013

    Mini S’more pies who knew these existed? These look great!

  6. Mini desserts, a picture of Lincoln, and an easy recipe that uses cherry tomatoes?!? What more could we ask for? Happy Labor Day :)

  7. Ellen 09.02.2013

    Would love your Mom’s mini s’mores recipe….what a wonderful lil treat!

  8. Lynette 09.02.2013

    Those s’mores pies look amazingly yummy. I would love the recipe!

  9. Marit 09.02.2013

    Perfect light salad after a weekend of indulging! I’m also overflowing in tomatoes., not the worst problem to have :)

  10. Tracy 09.02.2013

    My kids would love the mini s’mores pies. Would love the recipe!

  11. Happy one month, Lincoln!
    This salad basically includes all of my favorite things–love it!

  12. Lara 09.02.2013

    would love the mini s’mores pies recipe!!!

  13. Ja @Ja on the RUN 09.02.2013

    yuuuummmm!!!! I died looking at your pictures! They look good!

  14. Kristi 09.02.2013

    Wow. 1 month old already. Time does fly. Those mini pies look so good.

  15. Leslie 09.02.2013

    Yes!!!! Please share the recipe for s’mores pies! :)

  16. Daniella 09.02.2013

    The salad looks so good and so refreshing! I would also love the recipe for the mini smores pie. They look yummy!

  17. Carrie 09.02.2013

    S’mores mini pie recipe please. Thanks.

  18. Shelley 09.02.2013

    Lincoln is cuter every post, the salad looks great, but WHERE is the S’more pie recipe!?!? LOL


  19. Heather 09.02.2013

    Oh your little one is so precious! It has been a joy following your blog the last two years! I’m so happy for you!!:) Plus, your food is incredibly lovely too;);)

  20. Cathy 09.02.2013

    Would love to have the smore pie recipe.

    Hard to believe Lincoln has been giving pleasure for a month…time flies

  21. I’m soooo down for easy smeasy recipes- especially in the heat like this. AND avocado. On everything. All around my mouth.

  22. Dawn 09.02.2013

    Love receiving your emails, your recipes and your friday favorites things! Please share your mini s’mores pie recipe. Looks yummy, thanks!

  23. Polly 09.02.2013

    We NEED the mini s’more recipe. Like….now! They look great! My daughter has already requested them for her birthday (which is soon!). Lincoln looks so cute. Hard to believe he is already one month old!

  24. ColleenB. 09.02.2013

    Your salad looks amazing.
    Yes please on recipe for the Mini S’more Pies.
    thank you

  25. Lisa 09.02.2013

    I love the “join my journey” concept!

  26. Gorgeous salad! I am a huge fan of anything caprese, especially when avocado is involved! And Lincoln’s face is absolutely precious!

  27. Lynn 09.03.2013

    Oh forget the food people! Lincoln is the star here!! That pacifier is almost as big as he is. :-)Adorable…yummy…precious.

  28. Sheila Cassady 09.03.2013

    Salad looks delish!! Can’t wait to make it !!! However, I’m pretty sure I will dream for days about those mini s’mores pies!!! Can we beg your dear mom for the recipe please?!?! It looks AMAZEBALLLLLLLS!!!

  29. This is the salad of my dreams!

  30. Annette 09.03.2013

    Please share the Mini S’mores Pies (a plea possibly coming from a lover of all things s’mores…)

  31. Kathy 09.03.2013

    I’d love the dessert recipe too. It looks so good. And, Lincoln is just adorable!!!

  32. Andrea 09.03.2013

    The salad looks amazing! I think I need to make this to detox from all of the rich food I ate this weekend.

  33. Stacie 09.03.2013

    I would love the mini smores recipe for my daughter’s birthday party sleepover this week..so cute!!! & it would make me look so good – but I promise I will give your mom all the credit =)

  34. What an amazing salad!

  35. Lisa 09.03.2013

    A MONTH??!! Say it isn’t so! WOW time flies.
    Yes, tell mama we would LOVE the mini smores pie recipe plz!!

  36. Renee 09.03.2013

    PLEASE PLEASE share mini smores pie recipe! Thanks =]

  37. Brittany 09.03.2013

    Happy 1 Month Lincoln!!
    Salad-happening TONIGHT.

    Hope you had a lovely Labor day Kristin :)

  38. Rachel 09.03.2013

    Yes Please!!! Definitely have to share that S’more pie recipe!

  39. Ellen 09.03.2013

    Has there not been enough begging?! ;) mini S’mores pie recipe….please!

  40. Sara 09.03.2013

    Please post the recipe for the mini S’mores Pies!!!!

  41. Coty and Mariah 09.03.2013

    Mmm, cannot wait to get this on my plate!

  42. give me that smore recipe now!!!!

  43. Tina 09.03.2013

    Would LOVE S’mores recipe please!!!! :)

  44. GORGEOUS salad! and that baby to die for :) what a sweetie

  45. Anne [A Squared] 09.04.2013

    Had a salad like this in LA and it was so good– love the idea of adding chicken to it and serving as an entree salad. Yum!

  46. Elizabeth 09.04.2013

    I just printed like 20 of your recipes because they all look SO GOOD! Thank you for posting such amazing recipes! I’ve subscribed to your blog so I don’t miss one! :) can’t wait for the mini s’mores post!

  47. I was just thinking about making roasted tomato caprese salad for dinner tonight! I am definitely adding avocado.

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  49. kathy 09.06.2013

    I don’t know where I have been, I just found your site and the recipes are awesome. My daughter is insisting I make the Smore pies tonight. It might be a good follow-up to the Avocado and Chicken Caprese Salad. Please continue the good work.


  50. Chantal 09.08.2013

    So I combined two of your recipes to make one delicious one! I made a salad with greens, tomato, basil, bocconcini, chicken and PEACHES! (my grocery store didn’t have avocado… I know.) However, they DID have already bottled balsamic reduction. Plus it’s made in my teeny tiny hometown of Whistler BC, and with no additives or extra ingredients. So I had to buy it, and it made my salad the most delicious ever. I never instragram food, but I did this salad. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

    ps if anyone is wondering, the balsamic reduction is by Nonna Pia’s, and it is amazing. comes in a few flavours too but so far I have only tried the classic. I found it here in Calgary at our local Coop, not sure where else it is sold.

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