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A homemade salad on a kitchen countertop beside a jar of dressing and a dish of grated parmesan

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 20 minutes
  • yield Yield: 6 1x
  • category Category: Lunch
  • method Method: Oven
  • cuisine Cuisine: American

Description

This Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is a sure to be a crowd pleaser. Each bite is filled with tender chicken, romaine lettuce, pasta, parmesan, homemade garlic herb croutons and tossed with an easy caesar dressing. It’s a fresh and flavorful main course or side dish that will quickly become a favorite!

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Ingredients

For the Garlic Herb Croutons

  • 1 1/2 cup cubes sourdough bread
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt & pepper to season
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

For the Caesar Dressing

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • a few dashes of tabasco
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon honey

For the Chicken Pasta Salad

  • 8 oz. rotini pasta
  • 3 cups romaine lettuce
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

Instructions

Make the Croutons

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. To a large bowl add cubed sourdough bread, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 minced garlic cloves. Toss to coat.
  3. Spread bread cubed out in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  5. Remove croutons from oven. Season with salt, pepper and fresh parsley.
  6. Set aside.

Make the Dressing

  1. To a food process (or blender) add garlic, white vinegar, mustard, tabasco, juice of half a lemon, honey and mayo. Blend until garlic is minced.
  2. Next, add olive oil and grated Parmesan cheese. Blend until everything is combined. Set aside.

Assemble the Salad

  1. To a large bowl, add chopped romaine lettuce, cooled rotini pasta, chicken, homemade croutons, cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese.
  2. Drizzle caesar dressing over top and gently toss together so everything is coated.
  3. Serve cold.

Notes

  • To Make Ahead: Store cooled croutons in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Keep dressing in an airtight jar or container in the fridge for up to 1 week. When ready to assemble salad, shake or stir dressing well to re-combine if needed. Build salad as usual and enjoy!
  • To Store: Keep leftover salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Note that the lettuce will begin to wilt after 24 hours.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Calories: 443
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 439 mg
  • Fat: 17 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 60 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 14 g
  • Cholesterol: 17 mg

Keywords: summer pasta salad, homemade chicken salad, salad with croutons