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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad + Video

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is an easy side dish with all the flavors in a classic Caesar salad. It's lightened up and ready in less than 30 minutes and is perfect for summer potlucks, barbecues and cookouts.
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ side dish, easy pasta salad recipe, pasta salad with chicken
Prep Time 18 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Calories 441 kcal
Author Kelly

Ingredients

Dressing (or use 1 cup of your favorite Caesar Salad Dressing):

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt a thicker Greek yogurt brand works best - I use Skyr or Siggy's non-fat
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste or 2 anchovy fillets highly recommended
  • salt and black pepper to taste

For the Salad:

  • 3 cups pasta cooked according to package directions and cooled (I used farfalle)
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce chopped
  • 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes cut into halves
  • 1 green onion thinly sliced
  • 1 Tablespoons fresh basil leaves thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus more for topping
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 cups cooked chicken breasts diced (grilled, roasted or rotisserie would work great)
  • 1 cup croutons

Instructions

  1. To make the dressing: In a small food processor or a high-speed blender, add all the dressing ingredients and puree until creamy and smooth. Or alternatively, you may add all ingredients to a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously until mixture is well-blended. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed, and add 1-2 teaspoons milk or water if needed to thin out the dressing to your desired consistency.
  2. To assemble the salad: In a large bowl, mix the pasta with enough dressing to coat evenly. Cover and chill in the fridge for 10 minutes. Toss in the rest of the ingredients, except for the croutons. Pour the remainder of the dressing on top of the salad and gently toss to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper, as needed.
  3. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and croutons. Serve immediately or cover and chill in the fridge for up to 3 hours.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

You can prep the dressing and coat the pasta up to 2 days ahead before assembling with the rest of the salad ingredients. Just keep in an airtight covered container.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad + Video
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 441 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 44mg15%
Sodium 513mg21%
Potassium 600mg17%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 4630IU93%
Vitamin C 24.7mg30%
Calcium 285mg29%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.