Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad

A refreshing and protein-rich lunch that deliciously integrates mozzarella.

Chicken Caprese Pasta Salad
 Kayleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN

Both fiber and protein take longer to digest, helping to keep you feeling satisfied. The mozzarella provides several B-vitamins, protein, and calcium, also important to help provide energy, and help keep those ripped muscles in top form.

Nutrition (per 1 cup serving)

Calories: 202; protein: 14.1g; fat: 6.7g; carbs: 22.9g; sugar: 1g

Recipe and photo by Kaleigh McMordie, M.C.N., R.D.N. of Lively Table.

Prep time

10 min.

Cook time

10 min.

  • 8 oz whole-wheat pasta or chickpea pasta*
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, sliced thinly
  • 2-3 oz fresh mozzarella (in small balls, halved, or one big one, cubed)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • *Chef’s note: Use chickpea pasta for a gluten-free version

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, and cool.

Cut cooked chicken breast into 1" cubes. In a large bowl, combine pasta, chicken, tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.

In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, whisk together remaining ingredients. Pour over pasta mixture, and gently stir to coat.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.