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.
Here is the recipe:
Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad (serves 8-10 )(cut recipe in half for 4-5 servings)
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
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!).
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