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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

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This chicken caesar pasta salad is so fresh and delicious, and ready in less than thirty minutes. Loaded with chicken, pasta and Caesar dressing, this salad is perfect for potlucks and barbecues!

Pasta salads are perfect for side dishes for summer parties. Some of our other favorite sides to bring are these Broccoli & Bacon Salad, Potato Salad and Berry Fruit Salad recipes.

a bowl of Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

The Perfect Summer Pasta Salad

One of the best things about summer is all the delicious summer salads! Whenever I go to a potluck or a summer barbecue, I can never choose between all of the delicious side dishes. I usually end up loading my plate with a spoonful from every single bowl. What can I say? I am a girl who loves a good salad!

This chicken caesar pasta salad is one of my new favorites. I love that not only is it delicious, it’s also really easy to make. It’s a delicious mix between a green salad and a pasta salad, with all the delicious flavor of a caesar salad. What could be better than that?

This salad also makes a perfect light summer meal, or an easy side dish. I absolutely love the combination tastes and textures in this salad! This salad recipe is actually really easy to make too. Cooking the pasta takes the longest and everything else can be prepped while it’s cooking.

How To Make A Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Pasta – You’ll need to start by cooking your pasta according to the directions on the box. I love the look of bow tie pasta in this recipe but if you don’t have that, any type of pasta will do. When it’s done cooking, drain and rinse the pasta with cold water.

Combine – Throw the pasta, lettuce, chicken and tomatoes in a large bowl and mix everything together. Next, sprinkle some Parmesan cheese and fresh basil over the top of the salad.

Dressing & Croutons – If you’re ready to serve the pasta salad go ahead and add the caesar dressing and croutons when you’re mixing everything together. If you’re going to serve it later, wait until you’re ready to serve it before adding them to keep everything from getting soggy.

bow tie Pasta Salad with chicken and caesar salad

Recipe Tips

Don’t Boil Over – It seems like every time I make pasta my pot boils over and it makes a huge mess. I recently discovered these spill stopper lids and they are amazing! Now you can work on the rest of the caesar pasta salad recipe without having to worry about the pot.

Let It Cool – Before you combine the pasta with the lettuce, make sure the pasta has completely cooled. If the pasta is too hot, it can ruin the texture of the lettuce.

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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad Recipe

This chicken caesar pasta salad is so fresh and delicious, and ready in less than thirty minutes. It's perfect for potlucks and barbecues!
Course Salad
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword summer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4 Bowls
Calories 524 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound bowtie pasta
  • 2 cups chicken chopped and cooked
  • 1 romaine heart chopped
  • 1 tomato medium sized and chopped
  • 2 cups croutons garlic flavored
  • 1/2 cup caesar dressing I used Brianna's Asiago Caesar
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 tablespoons basil fresh and chopped optional

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cool water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, chicken, romaine, tomato, and croutons. Pour the dressing over the top and toss to combine. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
  3. If you're making the salad in advance, add the dressing just before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 Bowl)
Calories 524 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 586mg25%
Potassium 339mg10%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 2804IU56%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 127mg13%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

a serving of Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

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