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Caesar Pasta Salad

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Our Caesar pasta salad is a fresh twist on a classic recipe and features all your favorite flavors in an entirely new way. 
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  1. Caesar Pasta Salad Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Caesar Pasta Salad Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This creamy Caesar pasta salad is a refreshing and delicious spin on a traditional Caesar salad. With all your favorite parts of the classic salad including the crisp romaine lettuce, creamy Caesar dressing, parmesan and bacon plus tender pasta, this recipe is hearty enough for a main dish but perfect on the side too. 

Pasta salad recipes are great options to take to a potluck or barbecue. Our dill pickle pasta salad and egg pasta salad are two more solid choices.

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Caesar Pasta Salad Ingredients

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 You’ll need: 

  • 6 cups cooked bowtie pasta (1-pound package)
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped (about 1 small head) 
  • 2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup shaved parmesan cheese
  • 5-ounce package of classic Caesar croutons (about 2 cups)
  • ½ cup crumbled bacon
  • 12-ounce jar of Caesar salad dressing
  • Freshly cracked pepper and sea salt (optional)
  • Lemon wedges (for garnish)

PRO TIP:

Each of the flavors are prominent, so be sure to use your favorite Caesar dressing, your favorite croutons, your favorite cooked chicken, and nice fresh parmesan and bacon.

One 12-ounce jar of salad dressing coats the salad adequately. If you like a heavily dressed salad, be sure to grab an extra jar of dressing that you can add or serve on the side.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

BACON: You can use packaged bacon crumbles or freshly cooked bacon crumbles in this simple recipe. 

PASTA: Any short pasta noodles would work fine in this delicious dish. Penne pasta, fusilli pasta, or rotini pasta are all great alternatives to the bowtie pasta. 

CHICKEN: Leftover cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts would also work instead of rotisserie chicken if you have any on hand. 

DRESSING: You can make your own Caesar salad dressing if you prefer but we do find the beauty of this recipe is how easy it is to assemble with the store-bought Caesar dressing. 

How to Make This Caesar Pasta Salad Recipe

STEP ONE: Cook bowtie pasta in a large pot of salted water to al dente according to the package instructions. Drain and run cold water over the pasta until it is cooled. 

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To test for al dente, take a bite into the pasta, and if your teeth feel some resistance, but the pasta is still tender, your pasta is al dente.

STEP TWO: In a large salad bowl, toss together cooled pasta, romaine, chicken, parmesan cheese, croutons, bacon, and salad dressing. 

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STEP THREE: Top with freshly cracked black pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Serve immediately.

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How To Serve

This creamy pasta salad is a great option to take to a potluck or even just for an easy dinner one night. Since it has protein along with the salad components, it works as a side dish or even a delicious meal that the whole family will enjoy. Add garlic bread on the side if you would like to add something extra. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: This Caesar salad pasta salad is best eaten immediately after tossing together. All of the parts can be cooked and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to 2 days in advance. Toss together just before serving. Leftover chicken pasta salad can be stored in the refrigerator, but the lettuce and croutons will wilt and become soggy by the next day.

 IN THE FREEZER: We do not recommend freezing this chicken Caesar bowtie pasta salad as lettuce does not freeze well at all and the entire salad will become soggy once thawed.

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This chicken Caesar pasta salad recipe is a delicious salad with all of the flavors we love in a traditional Caesar salad, but a more filling dish with the pasta added. Crispy croutons, fresh romaine, and salty bacon complement the pasta noodles and the Caesar dressing provides plenty of tangy flavor. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use homemade dressing and homemade croutons?

For this easy pasta salad, homemade Caesar dressing and homemade croutons are both great choices. 

How do I store this salad?

This simple pasta salad is best stored with the components separated if you plan to make it in advance. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge but the croutons and lettuce will become soggy fairly quickly.

What types of pasta are best for this recipe?

This delicious recipe works best with any short, bite-size pasta such as rotini, penne or fusilli.

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Caesar Pasta Salad

5 from 1 vote
Our Caesar pasta salad is a fresh twist on a classic recipe and features all your favorite flavors in an entirely new way. 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 Cups

Ingredients
  

  • 6 cups cooked bowtie pasta, 1-pound package
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped (about 1 small head)
  • 2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup shaved parmesan cheese
  • 5 ounces classic caesar croutons, about 2 cups
  • ½ cup crumbled bacon
  • 12 ounces Caesar salad dressing
  • freshly cracked pepper and sea salt, optional
  • lemon wedges, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Cook bowtie pasta in a pot of salted water. Drain and run cold water over the pasta until it is cooled.
  • In a large salad bowl, toss together cooled pasta, romaine, chicken, parmesan cheese, croutons, bacon, and salad dressing.
  • Top with freshly cracked black pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • To test for al dente, take a bite into the pasta, and if your teeth feel some resistance, but the pasta is still tender, your pasta is al dente.
  • Each of the flavors are prominent, so be sure to use your favorite Caesar dressing, your favorite croutons, your favorite cooked chicken, and nice fresh parmesan and bacon.
  • One 12-ounce jar of salad dressing coats the salad adequately. If you like a heavily dressed salad, be sure to grab an extra jar of dressing that you can add or serve on the side.

Nutrition

Sodium: 1005mg | Calcium: 153mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 908IU | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 87mg | Cholesterol: 74mg | Calories: 488kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Fat: 29g | Protein: 25g | Carbohydrates: 31g | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Heather says

    I am obsessed and desperately want to make this!! I can no longer eat lettuce or any type of leafy green without severe stomach issues, would I be able to omit the lettuce or should I substitute something else like cucumbers or something? This sounds so amazing I miss Caesar salads so much and this sounds like it would help my craving!!

  2. Barbie says

    I Love salads, but not sure about Caeser dressing. Can you suggest another kind. Of course it would no longer be a Caeser salad, but it will still be yummy.

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