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The Best Chicken Caesar Salad With Pasta

Chicken Caesar Salad with Pasta features your favorite Caesar salad plus seasoned chicken, tender pasta, and lots of veggies. It’s a tasty and filling salad that your family won’t mind eating as the main dish!

Chicken Caesar salad with pasta on white platter.

I love summer time because that means it’s salad season!

I frequently serve salads for dinner during the summer months because most produce is in season and it usually means I don’t need to have the oven or stove on for very long.

This chicken Caesar salad with pasta is one of my favorites because it’s so flavorful and so easy!

I think I first found the basic recipe on Pinterest years ago, but I’ve spruced it up by adding extra veggies and a healthier Caesar vinaigrette.

There may be lots of variations out there for chicken Caesar pasta salad, but this is the best one ever!

Step-by-Step Instructions

Chicken Caesar salad ingredients on white table.

COOK 8 ounces of farfalle (bowtie) pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Cooked bowtie pasta in pot.

WHILE the pasta is cooking, cut 2-3 chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and sprinkle with garlic and herb seasoning

HEAT a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink, 10-12 minutes.

Cooked seasoned chicken in skillet.

WHILE the chicken and pasta cook, wash and thinly chop 1 head of romaine lettuce. Peel and slice 1 cucumber. Halve 1 cup of cherry tomatoes.

Chopped vegetables on table.

ADD romaine lettuce and Caesar vinaigrette to a large bowl and toss to combine.

Lettuce with Caesar dressing in large bowl.

ADD pasta, chicken, cucumber, and tomatoes to the bowl and gently toss. Top the salad with 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and 1 cup of croutons.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

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This salad is totally customizable based on what your family likes, and even what you have on hand.

  • You can remove the cucumbers and tomatoes if you want or add in diced avocado.
  • Substitute rotini or penne for the bowtie pasta.
  • You could do shredded Parmesan cheese instead of mozzarella.
  • Try a creamy Caesar dressing instead of a vinaigrette.
  • If you have rotisserie chicken or leftover grilled chicken breasts on hand, cut that up and use it instead of the pan-fried chicken.

If you add the dressing to all of the lettuce, this salad will keep well for 1-2 days at most. If you’d like to have leftovers for a bit longer, save some of the lettuce and toppings in a separate container and toss it with the dressing right before eating.

My favorite dressing to use on this salad is Ken’s Steak House Lite Caesar.

This salad makes for a delicious wrap filling in a tortilla or pita pocket. You may want to remove the pasta if you’re going to eat it in a wrap so you don’t get a double dose of carbs.

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Chicken Caesar salad with pasta in white bowl.

The Best Chicken Caesar Salad With Pasta

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Chicken Caesar Salad with Pasta features your favorite Caesar salad with seasoned chicken, tender pasta, and lots of veggies. It's a tasty and filling salad that your family won't mind eating as the main dish!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces farfalle (bowtie) pasta
  • 2-3 chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons garlic and herb seasoning
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup Caesar vinaigrette (I like Ken's Steak House)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup croutons

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and sprinkle with garlic and herb seasoning. 
  3. Heat a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink, 10-12 minutes.
  4. While the chicken and pasta cook, wash and thinly chop romaine lettuce, peel and slice the cucumber, and halve the cherry tomatoes.
  5. Add romaine lettuce and Caesar vinaigrette to a large bowl and toss to combine.
  6. Add pasta, chicken, cucumber, and tomatoes to the bowl and gently toss. Top the salad with shredded mozzarella cheese and croutons.

Notes

If you add the dressing to all of the lettuce, this salad will keep well for 1-2 days at most.

If you'd like to have leftovers for a bit longer, save some of the lettuce and toppings in a separate container and toss it with the dressing right before eating.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 431mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 19g
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