A simple recipe for you today for this quick and easy caprese salad, a light dish for these longer hotter nights. The pine nuts are a nice touch, adding a crunchy earthiness and finishing the dish.

caprese11 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

caprese21 cup fresh mozzarella balls, halved


caprese31/4 cup each Italian parsley and basil, cut into ribbons

caprese41/4 lb cooked chicken breast, diced


caprese52 cups cooked penne and 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

Toss with Italian vinaigrette and serve.

Caprese salad with chicken, penne, and pine nuts

Life in a Skillet
Caprese salad becomes a dinner entree with the addition of chicken and penne, and pine nuts add crunch and earthiness.
Course entree
Servings 4 -6


  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella halved
  • 1/4 cup EACH Italian parsley and basil cut into ribbons
  • 1/4 lb cooked chicken breasts diced
  • 2 cups cooked penne
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts


  • Combine ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Toss gently.
  • Add your favorite Italian vinaigrette and toss again.
  • Serve either chilled or at room temperature.