Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Dear Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad, it’s time for your debut! This simple but splendid recipe has been my faithful barbecue, potluck, and easy lunch companion since the first summer we arrived in Wisconsin. It’s easy, healthy, and perfectly represents the magic that occurs when two classic, well-loved recipe concepts (chicken Caesar salad and pasta salad) meet to create a refreshing new experience.

Healthy Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad. DELISH! Fresh, creamy, and packed with fresh veggies and juicy chicken. The dressing is made with Greek yogurt, so it's super creamy but much lighter. Perfect for parties, healthy lunches and dinners, and busy families. Use bowtie pasta or any shape you love.

This recipe is sponsored by DeLallo.

Ben’s parents live on a lake and, dutiful son and daughter-in-law that we are, we mooch off of their prime location as many warm weekends as we can.

In addition to the whole being-related thing, I also try to maintain our permanent invite status by ensuring that we don’t show up empty handed. We are rarely the only guests, so an extra side dish is never unwelcome, especially when it is as universally appealing as this easy Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad.

Healthy Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad. An easy potluck or barbecue side dish that's perfect for summer!

Through the years of blogging, weekends on the lake have become one of my most valuable recipe testing grounds.

I slide my dish onto the table, then silently sit back and observe how the other guests react. Second helpings, recipe requests, and overall amount of leftovers (goal = none) each contribute to whether or not I decide if the recipe is a keeper.

This Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad recipe? OFF THE CHARTS.

This crowd-approved side combines the key ingredients of chicken Caesar salad—juicy chicken, crunchy greens, crispy croutons, salty Parmesan, and creamy Caesar dressing—with whole wheat pasta and fresh cherry tomatoes to create dish that’s tailor made for lazy weekend days and light weeknight dinners.

This tasty chicken caesar pasta salad is jam-packed with flavor, and its pleasing contrast of textures makes it satisfying and addictive.

To keep the recipe healthy without sacrificing flavor, I use my Homemade Caesar Dressing, which is Greek-yogurt based. I also swap regular white pasta for DeLallo Biodynamic Whole Wheat Pasta, which is higher in protein and fiber than traditional white pasta.

DeLallo Biodynamic Whole Wheat Pasta

ATTENTION whole wheat pasta skeptics! I beg you to try DeLallo’s whole wheat pasta. Its flavor and texture are outstanding. Unlike other brands of whole wheat pasta I’ve tried, it cooks up truly al dente, it isn’t heavy, mushy, or “wheaty,” and its taste is a dead ringer for regular white pasta.

If whole wheat pasta could walk on water, it would be this pasta.

Cooked whole wheat pasta from DeLallo is the base of the chicken Caesar pasta salad.

I’ve been buying DeLallo whole wheat pasta for years, even before I started blogging. I was excited to learn about their new biodynamic line of pasta that came out recently. The wheat used for the pasta is sustainably grown and harvested, and the pasta is made the same way that it’s been done in southern Italy for generations.

Plus, did I mention it is delicious?

Healthy Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad. An easy whole grain side dish recipe.

I opted for the fusilli shape of pasta because I love the way the Caesar dressing clings to its spirals. If you’d prefer a chicken Caesar bowtie pasta salad or penne pasta salad with Caesar dressing, DeLallo offers both shapes in its regular whole wheat pasta line.

For the greens, romaine is traditional for Caesar, though I’ve also done this recipe as a kale chicken caesar pasta salad and a caesar pasta salad with spinach. Romaine or kale would be my top recommendations, because they are hearty enough to stand up to the other ingredients and maintain their texture long after the pasta is made, a key qualification of a potluck-worthy dish.

For the chicken, I recommend my easy method for How to Cook Shredded Chicken. You can also use a rotisserie chicken for a fast, easy shredded chicken pasta recipe. Grilled chicken pieces would be wonderful here too.

Healthy Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad. The best summer side dish and an ultimate crowd pleaser! Packed with chicken, whole wheat pasta, and fresh vegetables.

Let the summer sun shine and the days of Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad begin!

Healthy Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad. DELISH! Fresh, creamy, and packed with fresh veggies and juicy chicken. The dressing is made with Greek yogurt, so it's super creamy but much lighter. Perfect for parties, healthy lunches and dinners, and busy families. Use bowtie pasta or any shape you love.
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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
A fresh and delicious healthy Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad with crisp veggies, juicy chicken, and an easy, creamy homemade Greek yogurt Caesar Dressing. Perfect for healthy family meals, barbecues, and parties!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. If necessary, cook the chicken breasts according to this method for how to cook shredded chicken. Cut into bite-size pieces.
  3. Add the pasta to a large serving bowl. Top with the chicken, romaine, tomatoes, croutons, and Parmesan. Drizzle with Caesar dressing and toss to combine. Enjoy cold or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

  • Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad tastes best the day it is made but will keep in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days and can be made 1 day in advance.
  • If you know you will be serving leftovers, you can make a little extra dressing and set it aside to toss on the leftovers before serving to keep them from drying out. No extra dressing? Try reviving the leftovers with a big squeeze of lemon juice.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Caesar Pasta Recipe, Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad, Healthy Pasta Salad

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 6), about 2 cups) — Calories: 417, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 44mg, Carbohydrates: 50g, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 28g

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Healthy Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad. DELISH! Fresh, creamy, and packed with fresh veggies and juicy chicken. The dressing is made with Greek yogurt, so it's super creamy but much lighter. Perfect for parties, healthy lunches and dinners, and busy families. Use bowtie pasta or any shape you love. #pastasalad #healthy #chickencaesar #recipes

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About Erin Clarke

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23 comments

  1. Delallo pasta is the best! This is an awesome way to use it!

  2. I was just trying to think of a really good entree salad for a gathering this summer. Bingo! This looks perfect! Thanks for another great recipe, Erin!

  3. hey girl- this is so making me hungry! yummy- Almost Lunch time!

  4. Oh I’m always mooching off my parents and their beach-side home. That’s what parent’s are for, right?!?! Lol. This dish looks delicious! A happy marriage between pasta salad and caeser salad!

  5. This recipe sounds great.  I especially appreciate learning about the De Lallo biodynamic line – I like to get higher protein pasta, and am hoping they have this line at my local grocery store, even though it’s not real likely.

    • Susan, it is SUCH great pasta. You can also order it online and, even if you prefer not too, I would definitely look for DeLallo’s regular whole wheat pasta. It’s a step above the rest!

  6. The Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad looks easy & delicious. Do you have a crouton preference? Not all croutons are created equal! I used to love the Pepperidge Farm Seasoned croutons, but I don’t believe they are available anymore. Some are way to big; some don’t have much flavor or overpower your recipe with salt. Without having to try tons of croutons, I would love some feedback on yours and your readers favorites.

    • Linda, I totally feel you on the crouton struggle! To be honest, I am not a huge connoisseur. I usually try to look for whole wheat ones, and those options are more limited. The best I’ve tried though (whole wheat aside) are Chatham Village and Cardini. They are a decent size (so many are way too tiny) and have good flavor. The Cardini ones are a bit bigger, so if you like they to be easy to spear with a fork, those are the ones I’d go with. I hope that helps!

  7. WOAH—This salad and pasta fusion is EPIC!

  8. I love food mashups and chicken caesar pasta salad is one of my favorites! Sometimes I even grill or slightly char the lettuce for a smoky taste.

  9. Love this healthier version with the whole wheat pasta! This looks like the perfect summer salad! 

  10. I am super picky about the pasta we consume and I can’t wait to check this one out. Looks delicious and healthy. Also, I added this recipe to my “I gotta veganize this” board because I can absolutely imagine some grilled tofu in place of chicken. 

  11. BEST PASTA SALAD EVER.

  12. I love pasta and can’t wait to give this chicken caesar pasta salad a try!

  13. Ha! I love watching for reactions after I serve up a dish! This pasta salad is ideal for summer BBQ’s!

  14. I made this for healthy lunches this week and I LOVE it. Thanks for a recipe that makes me look forward to meal time!

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