Pasta caesar salad is a filling family friendly chicken caesar salad tossed in creamy caesar dressing!
This week is National UK Picnic Week (11-19 June), and as I was talking to my sister yesterday she suggested that I share on the blog this family favourite, which is basically a salad that we always make when we go for picnics! It’s a chicken caesar salad with pasta and cherry tomatoes. Now I have never met anyone who doesn’t like caesar salad, and I don’t think that there is anyone out there who doesn’t like this salad. Because it’s like one of the best salads ever! Right? It’s easy, creamy, refreshing, filling and delicious!
PASTA CAESAR SALAD
My love for caesar salad, made me think of how can I turn this salad into a real filling meal especially on days when I don’t feel like making anything else. Adding pasta to any food is always a good idea, especially when the meal isn’t filling enough. I cooked penne pasta al dente, then added it to my iceberg lettuce leaves, some fresh cherry tomatoes, a couple of teaspoons of creamy caesar dressing and finally parmesan cheese and garlic croutons.
This salad is perfect for packed lunches, and to take on picnics. As I said, adding pasta to any salad is always a good idea! Another example is this Greek Pasta Salad.
NATIONAL PICNIC WEEK
How have you been celebrating the national picnic week? Usually, our whole family gathers and we go on a big picnic with lots of great food, drinks, we play games, the kids have a blast and we go home. For me that’s what I wish I could do on every sunny weekend!
HOW TO MAKE PASTA CAESAR SALAD
Start by quickly cooking the chicken breast. Just add a little bit of oil to a pan and on medium heat cook the chicken breast with the lid closed. Check on it every few minutes, and turn it from a side to another until it becomes golden and is cooked through. When it’s cooked under a closed lid, the chicken breast will be cooked through quicker with the steam that is released under the lid and it won’t dry up. Cut the chicken up into chunks or strips.
Wash your iceberg lettuce leaves, then shred them with your hands. Cook your pasta al dente so it’s not too soft.
Add the pasta to a large bowl, along with the lettuce leaves, some cherry tomatoes, and add a couple of tablespoons of creamy caesar dressing. Toss everything together until well coated with the dressing. Top with chicken strips, grated parmesan cheese, and throw some garlic croutons on top.
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- 1 chicken breast cooked
- 1 1/2 cups penne cooked al dente
- 1 iceberg lettuce shredded
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 4 tbsp caesar dressing
- parmesan cheese grated
- garlic croutons
- salt and pepper
- Slice the chicken into thin strips.
- Then in a large bowl toss the pasta with the lettuce and the caesar dressing.
- Throw the cherry tomatoes into the salad.
- Then top off with croutons, grated parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.