Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

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If you like Caesar Salad, and you also like pasta salad this is your lucky day. This Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is the best of both worlds.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Caesar Pasta Salad

If you like Caesar Salad, and you really like Chicken Caesar Salad, and you also like pasta salad this is your lucky day. It was my lucky day a few months back when I first made this, and it has been my family’s many lucky days as I make it again and again.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad in a bowl and on a plate.

It is the best of both worlds, two lovely dishes colliding. I know that seeing lettuce in a pasta salad isn’t all that common—and my boys were surely skeptical when they first laid eyes on this—but it works, and really why not? I love grains in greens salads. And other leafy greens are used in pasta salads, like herbs and chopped arugula for instance.

It turns out, in fact, that the crunch of lettuce paired up with the toothsomeness of cooked pasta really, really works! And then when it is all bound together with a Caesar dressing it just seems to make sense.

Two spoons scooping Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad.

And the chicken, is a bonus, and gives the whole thing weight and substance, not to mention a nice dose of protein. Slivered red onion and more Parmesan pull the while thing together. Try and stop eating this, just try.

Shredded Chicken

You can use any plain shredded cooked chicken in this salad, whether it be homemade or from a rotisserie chicken. If you are making the chicken from scratch and want to hit the Caesar note hard, you could use chicken from this recipe.

How to Make Shredded Chicken in the Slow Cooker

If you want to know how to make shredded chicken in the slow cooker, check this out, with info about the easiest way to shred chicken (hint: while it’s warm).

If you like Caesar Salad, and you also like pasta salad this is your lucky day. This Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is the best of both worlds.

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Caesar Dressing

This recipe for Caesar dressing comes together in about 5 minutes, and it’s delicious. If you want to use some bottled dressing and skip this part, then you are 5 minutes closer to your salad. Did you know that a man named Caesar Cardini invented Caesar salad dressing in Tijuana, Mexico? I found that quite surprising.

Green plate and white bowl of Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad.

Here it is, all plated up with Tomato Mozzarella and Basil Salad (recipe coming). That was one fine summer lunch, I will surely say that.

Small plate with Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad and a tomato salad.

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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

If you like Caesar Salad, and you also like pasta salad this is your lucky day. This Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is the best of both worlds.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 People

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound penne rigate or ziti
  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken

For the Caesar Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon very finely minced garlic
  • 1 finely minced anchovy filet or ¼ teaspoon anchovy paste optional
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese divided
  • 2 large hearts of romaine chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup chopped red onion

Instructions 

  • Cook the pasta in a big pot of salted water according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, make the Caesar dressing: In a container with a lid (or the food processor), add the olive oil, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Dijon, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, anchovy (if using), salt and pepper. Cover tightly and shake to combine well, or process to blend. Add half the Parmesan and shake or pulse again to combine.
  • When the pasta is cooked, drain it well, then place into a large bowl. Add the Caesar dressing and toss to coat well. Allow the pasta to cool to room temperature. Add the chicken, romaine, and red onion to the bowl with the remaining Parmesan and toss again.

Notes

  • You can use bottled Caesar dressing if you like.
  • Use any chunky pasta chape, like penne, rigatoni, or rotini.
  • Adding the dressing to the pasta while it is still warm allows the pasta to absorb the flavors better.
  • You could use cooked shrimp or even chunks of cooked salmon or tuna instead of the chicken.
  • You can use any plain shredded cooked chicken in this salad, whether it be homemade or from a rotisserie chicken.

Nutrition

Calories: 361.56kcal, Carbohydrates: 21.48g, Protein: 24.11g, Fat: 19.48g, Saturated Fat: 4.3g, Cholesterol: 62.08mg, Sodium: 275.3mg, Potassium: 309.21mg, Fiber: 2.08g, Sugar: 2.01g, Vitamin A: 2543.34IU, Vitamin C: 4.37mg, Calcium: 99.38mg, Iron: 2.11mg
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About Katie Workman

Katie Workman is a cook, a writer, a mother of two, an activist in hunger issues, and an enthusiastic advocate for family meals, which is the inspiration behind her two beloved cookbooks, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook.

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