Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad Recipe (With Homemade Dressing)

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Chicken caesar pasta salad recipe

Easy Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad with Homemade Caesar Dressing

This chicken caesar pasta salad is an awesome side dish salad to take to a potluck or serve at a BBQ. You will get a full 4-quart bowl of delicious pasta salad with this recipe. Perfect for a party or family gathering!

If you really want to step it up this recipe is even better when you can use fresh grape tomatoes and parsley from your garden. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Caesar salad dressing ingredients

Homemade Caesar Dressing Recipe

I love the homemade Caesar dressing for this chicken pasta salad! In fact, I like to double the dressing and store the extra in an airtight container in the refrigerator for later.

This dressing is pretty simple and includes ingredients that you probably already have on hand. (I don’t usually want to deal with anchovy paste or raw eggs when it comes to homemade salad dressing.) I do like to use plain Greek yogurt in place of some of the mayonnaise though. Just whisk it all together and it is ready for the salad!

Note: You do not have to make the Caesar salad dressing from scratch, you can just use about 3/4 to 1 cup of your favorite. ๐Ÿ™‚

Chicken pasta salad with caesar dressing

Preparing Your Chicken

Cook up the chicken however you want – roast, grill, whatever. You can even buy pre-cooked chicken from the store and I won’t judge.

Chicken pasta salad with caesar dressing

Final Thoughts

I can be pretty picky about pasta salads – there’s just something about cold pasta that isn’t appealing to me. BUT this salad is really quite delicious! I love it!

There’s some tang, there’s some salty – great flavors and textures all around. Plus, I mean, it has chicken and bacon – a few of my favorite salad ingredients. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This recipe is adapted from Lauren’s Latest and Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

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Chicken caesar pasta recipe

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Chicken caesar pasta salad

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad Recipe (With Homemade Dressing)

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Prep Time: 15 min | Cook Time: 10-15 mins for pasta
Serves: 8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • Salad

  • 12 ounces pasta
  • 10 1/2 ounces grape tomatoes
  • 6 to 8 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 cups bite-size cubed, cooked chicken
  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Caesar Salad Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/16 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup real mayonnaise (or 1/4 cup mayo and 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt)

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta to al dente in salted water, according to package directions.
  2. Toss all salad ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. In a small or medium bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients until well combined.
  4. Pour about 3/4 to 1 cup of salad dressing over the salad ingredients and toss to combine. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Notes

To make in advance, toss everything together except the lettuce. Add lettuce and toss when ready to serve.

Ingredients: Bacon, Cheese, Chicken, Dijon Mustard, Garlic, Hot Sauce, Lemon Juice, Lettuce, Mayonnaise, Olive Oil, Parmesan, Parsley, Pasta, Pepper, Salt, Tomato, Vinegar, Worcestershire
Meal Type: Salads, Sauces, Spreads, and Dressings, Side Dish, Summer, Super Bowl Party
Categories: BBQ, Pasta, Vegetables, Stove Top

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