Chopped Antipasto Salad with Chicken

Looking for a flavor-packed dinner that’s going to be a hit? This healthy Chopped Antipasto Salad with Chicken is loaded with fresh ingredients and is simple to make! It’s low-carb, paleo-friendly and kind of like eating an Italian sub without the bread (making it gluten-free, too)!

Antipasto salad dressing being poured over the dishItalian Antipasto Salad Recipe with Grilled Chicken

Let’s talk about what’s in this easy weeknight dinner antipasto salad! Firstly, it has the best marinated and grilled chicken. Secondly this salad has all of the best Italian meats. And finally it has crisp chopped lettuce, fresh veggies and an amazing basil balsamic dressing. Have I sold you yet on eating this salad, or what?! This salad is basically an Italian sub turned into a salad with dinner-worthy chicken. This is to say this is the perfect salad to bring to potlucks, picnics or cookouts or to eat for dinner tonight.

What is antipasto salad?

In Italian the word antipasto specifically refers to a pre-meal course. However in this instance I’m referring to the American style antipasto salad made up of cured meats and veggies. This antipasto salad recipe adds the extra addition of marinated grilled chicken to make it feel a little bit more like dinner. If you want an even easier meal you could skip the chicken and bulk up on the veggies for an even easier no-cook dinner recipe.

What kind of meats are in it?

The grilled chicken is the star of this dish along with classic Italian-American deli meats: pepperoni and salami! However, you can add any other Italian meats that you love. Some other great options are prosciutto, capicola or ham!

Can you make it ahead of time?

You can assemble everything for this salad 2-3 days ahead of time, setting the dressing aside until ready to serve! Therefor this hearty salad is a great meal prep option as well! You can make a big batch and pack some for the work week ahead.

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Chopped Antipasto Salad with Chicken

Prep Time 00:20 Cook Time 00:10 Inactive Time 00:30 Total Time 01:00 Serves 4

Ingredients

For Chicken:

For Salad:

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl combine all ingredients for chicken, and let marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, or up to 6 hours.
  2. Meanwhile to a large bowl add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh basil, italian seasoning and salt and whisk to combine.
  3. Add layer salad ingredients right on top and set aside.
  4. Prepare your grill, or heat a grill pan to medium-high heat and cook chicken, about 3-4 minutes per side, until fully cooked through to 165ºF.
  5. Toss salad with dressing in the bottom of the bowl and add to a large plate.
  6. Place cooked chicken on top of antipasto salad and serve immediately.
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