Have you ever just felt a bit lazy come lunch time? You don’t know what to make – the fridge is pretty bare. We’ve all been there, right? When I find myself in that predicament, this easy Balsamic Chicken Salad often comes to mind when I’m short on time AND ideas. I feel a bit silly sharing this recipe today because when you see what’s in it, you’re going to roll your eyes at me. You might even unsubscribe to my blog. PLEASE DON’T!
I promise you I wouldn’t be sharing this recipe with you if it wasn’t delicious. I had good intentions on sharing this recipe earlier this summer because it’s also an absolutely perfect salad to serve when camping or on-the-go. There are really only three ingredients in this salad, minus the shredded cheese for garnish.
Yep, that’s it. Canned chicken breast, balsamic vinaigrette dressing and croutons. Is this a joke? No, it really isn’t.
Make sure the chicken is finely shredded, add the balsamic dressing, the croutons and mix it all together. Once the salad sits a little while, the balsamic dressing soaks into the croutons and everything infuses with flavor. If you want to serve this salad on crackers, I would just omit the croutons and pile the balsamic chicken onto a seasoned cracker. I’ve never tried it that way but I think it might be an excellent idea for a tailgating party!
Sprinkle a little shredded cheese on top for garnish. I used cheddar but you could use Parmesan or mozzarella, too. While this may be the easiest chicken salad recipe you’ve ever seen, it packs a flavorful punch and people will ask you how you made it, guaranteed. It may very well become one of your go-to recipes when you find yourself at a loss of what to make for lunch or serve as a quick appetizer!
Balsamic Chicken Salad
The easiest and most delicious chicken salad you’ll ever make!
- 26 oz. canned chicken breast in water, drained
- 3/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing, divided
- 3 cups seasoned croutons
- Shredded cheese for garnish (optional) Cheddar, Parmesan or Mozzarella
- Add canned chicken breast to a bowl and use a fork to mash it into fine pieces.
- Add 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar to the chicken and stir.
- Pour in the croutons and the rest of the balsamic vinegar and mix until combined.
- Top with shredded cheese for garnish.
- Serving Size: 4
- Calories: 268
- Sugar: 5
- Sodium: 783
- Fat: 18
- Saturated Fat: 4
- Unsaturated Fat: 12
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 24
- Protein: 3
- Cholesterol: 2
Great recipe- very original- pinned it. Found your blog on the Link Party Palooza and started following on Google +.
Thanks, Erin! Hope you try the Chicken Salad and thanks for the follow!