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Caesar pasta salad

Easy and delicious Caesar pasta salad perfect for picnics, grilling, potlucks, or to be served for dinner! It has all the creamy goodness of a classic Caesar salad, but it's made with pasta to make it more filling, and extra veg for brightness, freshness, and extra flavor!
Author Diana
Servings 6 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 cups pasta
  • 1 large cooked chicken breast rotisserie chicken, pan-fried or grilled chicken breast or leftover chicken.
  • 1 head romaine lettuce or 2 romaine hearts - shredded
  • 2 cups croutons
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced into halves
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • ¾ cup Caesar dressing
  • cup parmesan cheese finely shredded


  • Start by cooking the pasta according to the package directions. Cook in salted water until just "al dente". Cook for 1 minute less than what it says on the package.
  • You can use rotisserie chicken, but if you have raw chicken breast and want to cook it. Slice a chicken breast into thin cutlets, season with salt, pepper, and garlic granules and pan fry it until it's cooked through. Slice it into strips or dice it.
  • To assemble the salad, in a large mixing bowl combine the pasta, lettuce, croutons, cooked chicken, cherry tomatoes, avocado, parmesan, and drizzle with Caesar dressing. Season with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Toss the salad to combine and serve.


  • Use any pasta shape that you like, but I prefer fusilli or penne for this pasta salad. Cook it until just "al dente" and that's what I recommend when making all types of pasta salad.
  • The anchovies in the dressing and the parmesan cheese are quite salty, so don’t season with salt before tasting the salad. Do a taste test and adjust the seasonings.
  • Make sure that the lettuce leaves are totally dry for a crispy and fresh salad, use a salad spinner. When salad leaves are wet, you will end up with a soggy salad.
  • Use a large bowl to toss the salad before serving. If you use a small bowl, you will end up bruising the romaine salad leaves which can ruin your salad and make it soggy.
  • High-quality cheese is what will take this dressing to the next level. Try to find cheese that is labeled as Parmigiano Reggiano rather than just Parmesan.


Calories: 419kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 550mg | Potassium: 613mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 9311IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 3mg