Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is the perfect easy side dish for summer potlucks, barbecues and cookouts. Best of all, has all the delicious flavors you love in a classic Caesar salad with a lightened up dressing. Plus recipe video.
When it comes to the warmer months, I am always looking for recipes to make that are light and fresh.
Caesar salad is my husband’s all time favorite salad and I decided to combine the delicious components with some pasta for a more satisfying meal. I used gluten free farfalle (bow-tie) pasta but feel free to use whatever pasta you like or have on hand.
Plus, the dressing is homemade and lightened up with Greek yogurt in place of mayo. It works perfectly here without compromising on the flavor. Just be sure not to leave out any of the other ingredients for the dressing because together they really build up the flavor.
And it works great whether you use grilled or leftover chicken, just toss in whatever you have on hand
Or if it’s totally fine to keep this meatless like I did for my bowl above, just sprinkle in your favorite chopped nuts, seeds or even roasted chickpeas would work.
And you can still keep this Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad gluten free by making your own croutons using gluten free bread. It’s the easiest thing ever!
All you have to do is slice up the bread into small cubes, toss them with some extra virgin olive oil and your favorite herbs, and pop them into the oven for 5-6 minutes.
This Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is a summertime classic and makes an easy, picnic-ready favorite. You can even prep the dressing and all the ingredients ahead of time too.
Just add the dressing to the ingredients before you are ready to serve.
Make ahead tips for this Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad and Sunday Meal Prep
- cook the pasta ahead of time and store in a large zip-top bag in the fridge
- wash and chop the lettuce and tomatoes in advance and store in an airtight container or large zip-top bag in the fridge
- make the dressing in advance and store in an resealable jar
- for Sunday Meal prep, divide the pasta salad into lunchboxes – this is my favorite lunch container. Or make all four pasta salads and bring a different one to work every day.
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