Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

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10 Minute Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is so quick to make and so delicious you will put this in your regular rotation for lunches, parties, picnics and bbqs!

It comes together in just minutes and is just 6 ingredients! We also love other pasta salads like Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad and Antipasto Pasta Salad.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Cold chicken breast, Caesar Dressing, croutons, Parmesan cheese and romaine lettuce are all you need to enjoy this perfect summer side dish.

Meant to be eaten cold, I have also been known to microwave it so the Parmesan cheese melts together and guess what, the dressing is amazing warm too. There isn’t a whole lot to this recipe, but it is a fan favorite.

We make it for every party we host and it is routinely one of the first items to be completely eaten. Don’t be put off by the pre-made dressing. I know I tend not to use such items, but in this case it is fresher and higher quality than most (no sponsored post here, I just love certain refrigerated dressings and the Litehouse Caesar dressing is a fantastic prepared option).

Recently I posted a Baked Chicken Caesar Pasta with a buttery cracker crust that we make often. I also mentioned that there was a cold version of the dish that is a regular in our rotation and is so easy to make that we love making it for any occasion!


Chicken Caesar Salad

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad Topping Ideas:
  • Buttery Crisp Topping: Add the buttery cracker crust instead of croutons.
  • Cheesy Chicken Caesar Pasta: Skip the romaine lettuce and croutons and microwave. Crumble croutons over it.
  • Brighten the flavors: Squeeze of lemon juice to brighten flavors!
  • More Protein Options: Swap out the chicken for steak or shrimp!
  • Grilled Salad: Add grilled romaine lettuce and charred lemons (this is SO flavorful!)

Easy Pasta Salad with Caesar Dressing

Homemade Caesar Dressing Recipe:
  • 3 cloves garlic, cut into quarters
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 anchovy fillets
  • 3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  1. Add all the ingredients to a small food processor until smooth and creamy.

Yield: 8 servings

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

10 Minute Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is so quick to make and so delicious you will put this in your regular rotation for lunches, parties, picnics and bbqs!

  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and cut into chunks
  • 1 pound bowtie pasta
  • 6 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 6 ounces Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Caesar Dressing
  • 1 cup croutons
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  1. Cook pasta in salted water for one minute less than the directions on the box.
  2. Let cool slightly for 3-5 minutes
  3. Add the dressing, chicken, cheese and black pepper (to taste).
  4. Toss together, top with croutons and Parmesan cheese.

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This post was originally published on August 18, 2015

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