Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups
with tomato / mozzarella / basil salad
Chicken salad makes great sandwiches, but we love the fresh crunch you get when serving it in lettuce cups. Serve this light main dish with a classic summer side dish of tomato, mozzarella and basil.
- Vinegar, balsamic - 1/3 cup (any inexpensive brand)
- Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless (sub rotisserie chicken) - 1 1/2 lbs
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Celery - 1 stalk, diced
- Onions - 1 Tbsp, chopped
- Mayonnaise (sub plain Greek yogurt) - 2 Tbsp
- Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
- Lemon juice - 1 tsp
- Lettuce, romaine (sub green leaf or iceberg) - 8 leaves
- Almonds, sliced - 1/4 cup
- Cheese, fresh mozzarella - 4 oz, sliced
- Tomatoes, medium (sub half a cup cherry or grape tomatoes for each medium tomato) - 2, wedges
- Basil, fresh - 10 leaves
- Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
Make balsamic reduction - (If not already made from Monday’s meal.) Simmer balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan until it reduces by at least half and thickens to the texture of syrup. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Cook chicken - (Skip if using rotisserie chicken.) Season chicken with some salt and pepper and tenderize with a fork. Heat a skillet with cooking oil over medium heat. Add chicken to heated oil and cook on both sides until cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes on each side. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
Make chicken salad - Chop chicken. Combine with celery, onions, mayonnaise, mustard and lemon juice. Season with some salt and pepper. Taste and adjust to your flavor preferences - adding more mayo if you like it more creamy, more lemon juice if you like it more tart, etc. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
Mozzarella / Tomatoes / Basil / Lettuce - Prep as directed.
Combine mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and olive oil. Season with some salt and pepper and transfer to a serving plate. Drizzle with balsamic reduction.
Assemble lettuce cups by filling lettuce leaves with chicken salad and topping them with almond slices for crunch.
Enjoy lettuce cups with tomato salad on the side.
Normally my husband hates mayonnaise based salads. But he liked this! I preferred it to standard chicken salad. Added extra celery for crunch.0 Helpful
Yummy and simple chicken salad. I ended up using 3 celery stalks and 1/2 onion and mayo. 4-yr-old liked it.0 Helpful
Portions are small do 3 servings for 2 ppl0 Helpful
Wasn't bad, but not as exciting as other meals.0 Helpful
My lettuce leaves weren't really wide enough to make effective lettuce cups, so I used them as a bed for the chicken salad.0 Helpful
Skipped the lettuce cups and just ate everything with a fork. Two salads, one meal.0 Helpful