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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad Recipe

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Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with my fresh take on a beloved classic – Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad. This crowd-pleasing dish masterfully combines the tangy, creamy flavors of a Caesar salad with the comforting heartiness of pasta and succulent chicken. With every bite, you’ll savor the magical fusion of textures and tastes that makes this recipe irresistible. Whether served at a summer BBQ or a weeknight family dinner, this salad guarantees to be a new favorite. Both salad lovers and pasta enthusiasts will be delighted by this crave-worthy blend of crispy romaine, tender chicken, savory Parmesan and pasta soaked in a luscious Caesar dressing. Easy to make ahead, simple to customize and perfect for serving indoors or out, this is one salad destined to be on repeat at your table. So gather your ingredients and let’s get cooking this sensational salad that will leave your guests begging for more!

Let’s start with the FAQs:

What makes Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad a must-try?

The genius of this dish lies in combining the best of two worlds – the savory protein andcarb satisfaction of pasta with the fresh, crunchy flavors of a Caesar salad. The pasta soaks up the creamy, tangy dressing while the crispy romaine lettuce and juicy tomatoes provide texture. Topped with sliced grilled chicken and salty Parmesan, it’s a perfect harmony of tastes and textures in one bowl.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Making this salad in advance is highly recommended, as it allows time for the pasta to absorb all the Caesar dressing for maximum flavor. Simply cook the pasta, grill the chicken, chop the vegetables and toss everything together in the dressing. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, or up to a day, to allow the ingredients to marinate. Just before serving, garnish with croutons and Parmesan.

Is it suitable for picnics or outdoor events?

Absolutely! This pasta salad actually improves when served chilled, making it an ideal make-ahead dish for warm weather outdoor dining. The textures hold up well, so it travels beautifully for picnics, BBQs, or potlucks. Just be sure to pack croutons and dressing separately to add just before eating.

How do I ensure the chicken is perfectly cooked?

Cooking the chicken properly is key. Pound chicken breasts to an even thickness before seasoning with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon. Grill over medium-high heat until juices run clear and chicken is no longer pink inside (about 5 mins per side). Check frequently to avoid overcooking. Let rest before slicing for maximum tenderness.

Now, let’s get to the heart of the matter:

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 pound (about 450g) chicken breast, grilled and sliced
  • 8 ounces (about 225g) fusilli or rotini pasta
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) Caesar dressing, homemade or store-bought
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups (about 95g) romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup (about 149g) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup (about 75g) croutons, for garnish
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


  • Begin by cooking the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. This ensures your pasta remains firm and ready to soak up the delicious Caesar dressing.
  • While the pasta cooks, grill your chicken breast until perfectly seared and juicy. Let it rest before slicing into bite-sized pieces. This resting period allows the chicken to reabsorb its juices, making each bite succulent.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooled pasta, sliced grilled chicken, and chopped romaine lettuce. The crispness of the lettuce contrasts beautifully with the soft pasta and tender chicken.
  • Add the halved cherry tomatoes to the bowl. Their juicy sweetness will complement the savory notes of the dish.
  • Pour the Caesar dressing over the salad and toss until everything is well coated. The dressing is the soul of this dish, binding all the ingredients together with its creamy, tangy flavor.
  • Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the top, adding a nutty, salty depth that elevates the salad from good to unforgettable.
  • Finally, garnish with croutons for a delightful crunch and serve with lemon wedges on the side. The lemon’s acidity brightens the dish, cutting through the richness of the dressing.

Cooking Tips:

  • Dressing Choice: While store-bought Caesar dressing works well, consider making your own for an even fresher taste. It’s simpler than you might think!
  • Pasta Cooking: To prevent the pasta from sticking together, stir it occasionally while boiling and rinse it under cold water after draining.
  • Chicken Cooking: For extra flavor, marinate your chicken in a little Caesar dressing before grilling.
  • Salad Freshness: If making ahead, add the dressing and croutons just before serving to keep the salad crisp.
  • Cheese Selection: Use freshly grated Parmesan for the best flavor; it truly makes a difference.
  • Vegetarian Option: For a vegetarian version, consider adding grilled tofu or chickpeas in place of chicken.

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