Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad | Just a Taste


Whip up a 20-minute meal in-a-bowl with a refreshing recipe for Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad starring DIY dressing.

A top down view of a bowl containing the best Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Chicken Caesar salad, meet pasta salad. Pasta salad, meet chicken Caesar salad.

Now that everyone’s acquainted, allow me to introduce you to the greatest matrimony since peanut butter and jelly: Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad.

Top down view of Caesar pasta salad with chicken and croutons

Look at all that goodness in a bowl!

Crisp Romaine lettuce, store-bought rotisserie chicken (time-saver of the century!), crunchy croutons, Parmesan cheese shavings and rotini noodles, all tossed in a creamy homemade Caesar salad dressing.

Bowl containing homemade caesar dressing ingredients

The anchovy paste is totally optional, although it does give this Caesar its characteristic flavor oomph. But the real secret to the best DIY Caesar salad  is the addition of grated Parmesan cheese whisked right into the dressing.

Glass bowl containing caesar salad dressing, parmesan cheese and a whisk

I love dicing up a store-bought rotisserie chicken to make this a complete meal, but you could easily leave out the poultry to make this the ultimate side salad for potlucks, casual weeknight spreads or weekend bashes.

Chopped romaine on cutting board with knife next to three bowls containing chicken, pasta and croutons

Roasted salmon, grilled shrimp or my personal fave, skirt steak, would also be welcome additions.

To save a few more minutes (from this 20-minute dish!), whip up the dressing and salad separately then stash them in the fridge. When ready to serve, toss ’em together and grab the forks.

Glass bowl containing the best Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad ingredients

I’m no stranger to stellar pasta salads, but this one just gave my Greek Pasta Salad a run for its money on my list of all-time faves!

A top down view of a large bowl and a small bowl containing Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

For the dressing:

  • 2
    teaspoons
    Dijon mustard
  • 2
    Tablespoons
    fresh lemon juice
  • 2
    teaspoons
    Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4
    cup
    mayonnaise
  • 2
    teaspoons
    minced garlic
  • 1
    teaspoon
    anchovy paste
  • 1/3
    cup
    finely grated Parmesan cheese

For the pasta salad:

  • 8
    oz.
    uncooked pasta, such as rotini or penne
  • 2
    hearts of Romaine
  • Shredded rotisserie chicken or chopped chicken breasts
  • Croutons (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving

Make the dressing:

In a medium bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire, mayonnaise, minced garlic and anchovy paste until well combined. Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese and 1/4 teaspoon pepper then set the dressing aside while you make the salad.

Make the pasta salad:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain the pasta and transfer it to a large serving bowl.

Cut the Romaine hearts into 1-inch pieces then add them and your protein of choice to the bowl with the pasta.

Add the prepared dressing and toss to combine. Add the croutons (optional) and garnish with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately or refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve. 

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Nutrition Facts

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Amount Per Serving

Calories 277
Calories from Fat 135

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 15g
23%

Saturated Fat 2g
10%

Cholesterol 39mg
13%

Sodium 231mg
10%

Potassium 208mg
6%

Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%

Dietary Fiber 1g
4%

Sugars 1g

Protein 15g
30%

Vitamin A
40.3%

Vitamin C
2.9%

Calcium
5.9%

Iron
5.7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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