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Caesar Pasta Salad

Caesar Pasta Salad has classic Caesar taste with loads of extra flavor. Chicken, bacon, pasta, & veggies are perfectly topped with creamy, tangy dressing!
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Keyword Caesar Pasta Salad, Caesar Pasta Salad Recipe, How Do I Make Caesar Pasta Salad, How To Make Caesar Pasta Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Refrigeration Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 23 minutes
Servings 10 People
Calories 768kcal
Author Kathleen

Ingredients

Dressing:

  • 1 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons  Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk

Salad:

  • 1 (16 ounce) box mini penne, this pasta shape is my fav
  • 1 (10 ounce) container grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 3 grilled chicken breasts, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup Parmesan, shredded
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups romaine, sliced into 1/4 ribbons

Instructions

  • Whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a small mixing bowl until well combined and smooth.
  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions, just until al dente. Rinse pasta and drain well.
  • Gently toss together all the salad ingredients, except the romaine, in a large serving bowl. Add dressing and toss until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerated for a minimum of 4-6 hours, or overnight, for best flavor.
  • When ready to serve, adjust seasoning, gently mix in romaine, and add more milk (a few Tablespoons at a time) as needed to freshen and loosen up dressing.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/10 of the recipe | Calories: 768kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 857mg | Potassium: 314mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1070IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 215mg | Iron: 1.1mg