Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

It’s a pasta salad pseudo-masquerading as a green salad, and it’s my new favorite meal for lunch or dinner.

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Summer means so many things to me— flip flops every day, afternoons by the pool, and family road trips. It also means pasta salad at least once a week.

I love that I can make pasta salad earlier in the day before it gets too hot (and before I’m worn out from summer fun) and stash it in the fridge till dinner time. I also love their great flavor and flexibility.

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Every week the pasta salad is different depending on what is in the fridge, but since stumbling on this chicken Caesar pasta salad I think I have a new favorite go-to for the season. It’s part green salad, part pasta salad so I don’t feel so bad having an extra large portion. It’s light, familiar and oh-so-simple to put together.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad from completelydelicious.com

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad from completelydelicious.com

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad from completelydelicious.com

Tip: Why you shouldn’t rinse cooked pasta

Rinsing cooked pasta washes away all of the starches that help bind the pasta to its sauce, and also somewhat diminishes flavor and texture. So don’t do it! If you usually rinse pasta as a way to cool it down quickly for pasta salad, try this instead— toss hot cooked pasta with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and spread out in a single layer on a sheet pan. It will be cool and sticky-free in no time.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad from completelydelicious.com

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

A pasta salad and chicken Caesar salad all in one! Perfect for a summer lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (225 grams) uncooked rotini pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium cooked chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1 medium head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup (80-120 grams) bottled Caesar salad dressing, to taste
  • 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup (50 grams) freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups (60 grams) croutons

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta in heavily salted water until al dente. Drain and toss with olive oil. Set aside to cool to room temp.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the cooked pasta, chopped chicken, and lettuce with the Caesar salad dressing. Add the sliced onions, parmesan cheese and croutons. Serve immediately or within 1 hour.
Note: Because the lettuce and croutons can become soggy over time after they've been mixed with the salad dressing, I recommend serving this pasta salad within 1 hour. If you'd like to make it ahead, prepare as above but leave out the lettuce and croutons and add just before serving.

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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad from completelydelicious.com