Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Chicken Casear Pasta Salad Recipe. The Creativity Exchange

Just like clock-work, every year here in East Texas, we hit 95 and 100 degrees and I start craving all of my favorite summer recipes.  Nothing hits the spot more on a hot summer day than a nice cool, pasta salads. Today I thought I would share this delicious Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad recipe that we have been making for years and love!

This pasta salad is so easy to make, especially if you use a rotisserie chicken.  The mix of the pasta, romaine, caesar dressing and fresh parmesan cheese is a great combination and it’s perfect for lunch or dinner on the patio.  What I love most about this salad is that it’s heartier than just a lettuce salad because of the pasta but it’s not too heavy.

I have to warn you, this recipe makes for 8-10 servings and I’m sharing it this week to encourage you to make a big batch and eat off of it over a few days.  It’s one of those salads that gets better and better each day because all of the flavors meld.  Also, I always keep the romaine part of the recipe in a separate ziploc bag and just add as I dish up a plate.  Because after a few hours, the lettuce will wilt, it’s best to toss right as you’re about to eat it.

Chicken Casear Pasta Salad.  Delicious summer salad. The Creativity Exchange

Here is the recipe:

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad (serves 8-10 )(cut recipe in half for 4-5 servings)

Ingredients;

16 oz Package of Penne Regate Pasta Cooked Al Dente and cooled
2 Cups Shredded Cooked Chicken (rotisserie chicken makes this so easy)
4 Cups Finely Sliced Romaine Lettuce (Cut about 1/2 inch thick strips)
12 oz. Jar of Marie’s Caesar Salad Dressing (it’s cold and found in the cold produce section) I do not recommend any other dressing other than Marie’s-it’s the best for this recipe
1 Cup Shredded (not grated) Parmesan Cheese
1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
1 teaspoon Cracked Pepper

Directions;
Begin by tossing the caesar dressing, and pasta together until the pasta is coated. Next, add the shredded chicken, garlic salt and cracked pepper and continue to mix. Next add the parmesan and reserve a little to top each serving. Keep in mind that the mix will look like way too much dressing but once you mix in the lettuce, it’s the perfect ratio.  Be sure and wait until you are ready to serve to toss in romaine (so that it stays fresh).

I sure hope you guys give this a try because it is seriously delicious (and addicting!).

Thanks for stopping by friends and if you haven’t had the chance to register for the Kirkland’s $50.00 gift card that I’m giving away, you can do that here.

Cheers!

Cyndy

 

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14 Responses to Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

  1. Lisa C. says:

    so excited to see this recipe, can’t wait to make it. Marie’s is our favorite dressing and we love having the salad with it, I bet this pasta rocks!

    • Lisa C. says:

      Made this tonight..everyone LOVED it, definately going onto my list to make again! It was good like a caesar salad, but filled you up more because of the pasta! Huge hit around here!

  2. This sounds fabulous and so pefect for a hot summer day.
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  3. Tara says:

    That looks so delicious!! It is perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing.
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  4. Thanks Cyndy! I made it for dinner tonight and my family gave it a thumbs up! :)

  5. Diane Gibbs. says:

    This sounds great. I’m in Houston and it is suddenly HOT!
    I’m going to make this w/o the chicken to serve with ribs on Father’s Day.
    Maybe throw in some peas! My guys will like it..

  6. I’m making this today for ladies luncheon after my daughter’s OB visit! I’ll let you know how it goes – looks fabulous!

  7. Thank you so much for this recipe! I just made this and it is delicious! Definitely going to be a regular at our house!

  8. Terry in Ca says:

    Made this tonight. Didn’t have any garlic salt, so had to use seasoning salt. Very tasty

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