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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, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, chicken caesar, pasta salad
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; substitute with dairy-free yogurt
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese substitute with vegan parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard use paleo-friendly 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 dried gluten-free pasta , sub with favorite grain free pasta (we like Jovial or Cappello's for paleo or you can use Eat Banza for a legume pasta and Almond Love for Keto)
  • 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 substitute with vegan parmesan
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 cups cooked chicken breasts diced (grilled, roasted or rotisserie would work great); for meatless, substitute with walnuts or roasted chickpeas.
  • 1 cup croutons homemade from gluten-free or keto bread

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.
    Ingredients for chicken Caesar pasta salad in glass bowl.
  3. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and croutons. Serve immediately or cover and chill in the fridge for up to 3 hours.

    Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad - the perfect side dish to bring to summer potlucks, parties, Memorial Day / Fourth of July grillouts/barbecues. Best of all, it's so easy to make and has all the classic flavors of a caesar salad. Perfect for Sunday meal prep and leftovers are delicious for school or work lunchboxes or lunchbowls.

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.