Now entering my favorite salad – the Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad. You guys — I could eat this everyday…and I have.
There are some foods I never tire of eating — caprese salads, greek salads, Caesar salad. Yes, I am seeing the theme. I’m a big salad girl. I always have been. This didn’t start when I became a dietitian.
I remember the old days going to Ponderosa. I’m sure everyone else was ordering their chopped steak with the big fries. Not this girl. That salad bar! It was amazing. I love an all you can eat salad bar. So, now that I’m all grown up, I still keep all the fixins for a good salad at home.
I love this salad because it’s easy. Most of my recipes these days are “dump” recipes (I know that sounds bad, but it’s really accurate) – everything goes in at the same time. This one works like that. If you get all of the pieces done, then they all just get mixed together. It’s a great make-ahead dish and then quick assembly right before you need to eat.
Here’s what I mean by that:
- Make the pasta ahead of time and drizzle a little olive oil on it until you’re ready – keep in the fridge.
- Cook the chicken in advance. You can batch cook chicken and have it ready all week or use the old standby, the rotisserie chicken.
- You can either shred your own parm and have it ready in advance, or you can buy the preshredded. Once upon a time I was a “always shred your cheese” girl…buy the preshredded here, it’s okay.
I hope you try this Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad mash up, it’s a quick dinner or lunch and you might just get your kids to eat it, because it has pasta in it!Print
Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
This salad is easy, delicious, and travels well.
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 5 servings 1x
3 cups uncooked bowtie pasta
2 cups cubed cooked chicken (rotisserie chicken works great here)
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups finely chopped romaine lettuce
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Caesar dressing
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water.
Add all of the ingredients to a big bowl and toss gently to combine.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes