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Baby Arugula Chopped Salad with Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomatoes

This Baby Arugula Chopped Salad with Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomatoes will be delicious whether you use your garden tomatoes or cherry tomatoes! And this salad is so tasty that even people who don’t normally like arugula just might like it! Use the Salads Index Page to find more salads like this one.

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This Baby Arugula Chopped Salad with Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomatoes was inspired by a salad I had at Vinto, a now closed restaurant in downtown Salt Lake. I’d never thought of using arugula in a chopped salad until I had the Italiana Chopped Salad at Vinto, but I loved the combination of chopped baby arugula, chicken, fresh mozzarella, and tomatoes with a zesty dressing. And through the years this I’ve made this salad quite a few times, always wishing the photos were a bit better, so recently when I was having a cooking day with Jake and Kara we made the salad again and snapped some new pics.

It so happened we were cooking on a day when my nephew Garrett, his wife Jane, and their kids were staying at my house and Garrett and Jane had fun watching us cook and photograph a couple of recipes. But when it came time to make this Baby Arugula Chopped Salad with Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomatoes, Garrett was pretty sure he “didn’t like arugula.” However when the salad was done, he was brave enough to have a small serving and he loved it and even went back for seconds! So if you have guests or family members who are normally not fond of the spicy and slightly bitter flavor of arugula, maybe you can get them to warm up to it in a salad like this with so many other flavors.

And if you’re already a confirmed arugula fan like me, I hope the new photos will entice you to make this salad! It really is unique and so delicious for a simple main meal salad that would taste great for lunch or dinner when it’s too hot to cook!


Baby Arugula Chopped Salad with Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomatoes from KalynsKitchen.com

Cut up enough leftover cooked chicken to make 2 cups of chopped chicken. Cut up the fresh mozzarella into smallish cubes until you have 1 cup diced mozzarella.  Whisk together white balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard, and season with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Put the diced fresh mozzarella and diced chicken into a small bowl and toss with half the dressing.

Baby Arugula Chopped Salad with Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomatoes from KalynsKitchen.com

Wash and dry 5 oz. of baby arugula, if your arugula pieces are large coarsely chop with large chef’s knife. Cut enough cherry tomatoes in half to make 2 cups cherry tomatoes. Put chopped arugula and diced tomatoes into salad bowl and toss with remaining dressing. Then mix in the mozzarella cubes and diced chicken you mixed with dressing, gently toss again, season with more salt and fresh ground black pepper if desired, and serve.

Baby Arugula Chopped Salad with Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomatoes from KalynsKitchen.com

Baby Arugula Chopped Salad with Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomatoes is perfect for a light summer dinner. When garden tomatoes are ripe, that takes the salad to another level of yum! This would also be a great salad to take to work for lunch. I would cut the mozzarella and chicken in the morning and add the dressing, then put in a container with a snap-on lid, then chop the arugula and tomatoes and put it in another container. Pack the dressing in a small container with a screw-on lid. Combine the salad at work right before you eat it.

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Baby Arugula Chopped Salad with Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomatoes

Baby Arugula Chopped Salad with Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomatoes is a tasty salad for a light summer meal, especially if you’re lucky enough to have fresh garden tomatoes!

Ingredients:

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 T white balsamic vinegar (or use regular balsamic vinegar, but it will not look as pretty)
  • 2 1/2 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 cup diced fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken breast (I used leftover rotisserie chicken)
  • 5 oz. baby arugula, washed, dried, and chopped
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half, or diced red garden tomatoes

Directions:

  1. Cut leftover chicken breast or grilled chicken breast into pieces.
  2. Cut up the fresh mozzarella into small cubes.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together white balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, and Dijon mustard, and season dressing to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  4.   Put mozzarella cubes and diced chicken into a small bowl and toss with half the dressing.
  5. Wash and dry the baby arugula, then chop coarsely with large chef’s knife if desired. If the arugula is pretty small you can just skip that step.
  6. Chop tomatoes or cut cherry tomatoes in half until you have about 2 cups chopped tomato.
  7. Put chopped arugula and chopped tomatoes into larger bowl and toss with the remaining dressing (or desired amount if you don’t like a lot of dressing.)
  8. Add the cubes of mozzarella and diced chicken you mixed with dressing and gently toss again.
  9. Season salad with more salt and fresh ground black pepper (to taste) and serve immediately.

This recipe was inspired by the Italiano Chopped Salad at Vinto, a now-closed restaurant in downtown Salt Lake City.

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Baby Arugula Chopped Salad with Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomatoes from KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you use low-fat skim milk Mozzarella, everything in this Baby Arugula Chopped Salad with Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomatoes is a great choice for any phase of the South Beach Diet. The salad would also work for many types of low-carb eating plans, which would probably prefer full-fat cheese. Tomatoes are fairly high in carbs, so if you’re limiting carbs you might want to use more chicken and cheese and less tomatoes.

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28 comments on “Baby Arugula Chopped Salad with Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, and Tomatoes”

  1. I was just thinking about dinner, wish I had this salad. Looks fantastic!

  2. Maria, thanks! Soon you can cook dinner in your new kitchen!

  3. very fresh and healthy salad…loved the use of mustard..you bring such delights to the table always!
    -Tanvi

  4. Tanvi, thank you! I thought that tiny bit of mustard made a lot of difference.

  5. I'd never have thought of an arugula chopped salad, but I love the look of this one. Thanks for another new idea.

  6. Lydia, I wouldn't have thought of it either, but loved it at Vinto so I thought it would be fun to try at home. (And I'm going there tomorrow with Rand and Bonnie so I might have it again!)

  7. Kalyn, I never thought of using white balsamic vinegar to keep the salad looking good. Very good idea!

  8. I actually adore arugula in salads and so I'm SO glad you discovered it! Sounds like a stellar salad topping combination!

  9. What a lovely combination of salad ingredients and flavors. Put fresh mozarella in anything and I'm in!!

  10. Thanks for sharing this lovely and very healthy and delicious recipe this is!

  11. So glad people are enjoying this. My niece Alyson made the recipe right after I posted it and reported on Twitter that she liked it!

    The white balsamic vinegar is a little milder, but it also keeps the mozzarella and chicken from looking "brown" in this.

  12. A beauty, Kalyn.

    I prefer young arugula b/c its mature flavor is so coarse and skunky, not to mention usually too battle scarred, given its age.

    Thanks so much for the shout-out.

  13. Susan, I agree, the baby arugula is just a little softer and gentler tasting. Love it!

  14. What incredible timing for this recipe! I was just looking at the arugula in my refrigerator and wondering what I was going to do with it. And the fresh mozzarella too. I have everything I need to make this salad tonight!
    Thank you Kalyn.

  15. CJ, that's great; hope you enjoy it!

  16. Looks so fresh and welcoming! Arugula is a nice healthy green, and I would imagine makes the salad that much more tasty.

  17. Jeanette, so nice that it's healthful isn't it? I love the slightly spicy flavor of the arugula.

  18. We've been enjoying baby arugula quite a bit lately too –

    lovely salad, Kalyn… would be great for my lunch at work too, I don't think arugula gets soggy too easily

  19. Sally, I'd mix the dressing on the arugula and tomatoes right before you eat it, but I agree, this would be a great salad to take to work.

  20. I added some Za'atar to the salad dressing and it was amazing! Thanks for all your great recipes. And for introducing me to Za'atar!

  21. Tawnyers, I love the sound of that! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Just made this and I gobbled it up. So yummy, and I'm not a person who usually loves salad.

  23. So glad you liked it!

  24. Baby arugula (and baby kale, too) is so much more available in grocery stores now than it was when you first posted this recipe. It's nice to see more variety in our local markets.

  25. Love this combination! Looks like I know what I’m eating for lunch!

  26. What a fabulous summer meal! I cannot wait to try it with garden tomatoes!

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