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Pasta Caesar Salad Recipe

This pasta caesar salad recipe combines crisp romaine lettuce, tangy dressing and fresh parmesan with bow tie pasta to create a hearty, flavorful side dish that is sure to satisfy. 

Pasta Caesar Salad Recipe

This caesar pasta recipe is a delightful fusion of classic Caesar salad and perfectly cooked pasta. It’s a refreshing twist on a timeless favorite.

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We often convert this into an easy chicken caesar salad simply by adding a rotisserie chicken to the grocery list.  The key to the best tasting pasta salad is the creamy caesar dressing.

I love, love, love this homemade caesar dressing recipe.  I often make a double batch and keep it in a mason jar in the fridge to use all summer long.

Pasta Caesar Salad Recipe

This delicious pasta salad is a caesar salad lovers dream!  The combo of tender pasta and creamy dressing is to die for. And it makes the perfect side dish for summer, great for pairing with beer can chicken, barbecue chicken drumsticks or smoked chicken.

Pasta Caesar Salad Recipe

Supplies:

  • Large bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Serving spoon
  • Sharp knife
  • Cutting board
Pasta Caesar Salad Ingredients

Creamy caesar pasta salad:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups bowtie pasta, cooked
  • 3/4 cup caesar salad dressing *
  • 1 cup croutons
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup bacon bits
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Lemon juice

* We like to make our own caesar salad dressing but your favorite store-bought dressing will work too.

Directions:

1. Cook the pasta, drain and allow to cool completely.

Tip: for perfect al dente pasta, rinse it with cold water after draining.

Pasta Caesar Salad Process

2. In a large mixing bowl combine pasta, crispy croutons, parmesan and bacon bits.

Pasta Caesar Salad Process

3. Add dressing and mix well.

Pasta Caesar Salad Recipe

4. Add crisp romaine lettuce and toss to combine.

5. Top with a squeeze of lemon juice. 

Pasta Caesar Salad Recipe

This recipe makes four servings as a side dish or can be easily made into an entree by adding fresh grilled chicken or steak.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Store salad in an airtight container or covered in plastic wrap in the fridge for a day.
  • This is best prepared separately from the dressing and then combined when ready to serve.
  • Not a fan of caesar dressing?  Try a mixture of olive oil, greek yogurt, vinegar and lemon zest instead.
Pasta Caesar Salad Recipe

​I am forever experimenting in the kitchen and this is one of those recipes where you can totally do that. Have fun experimenting with these substitutions or additions!

Substitutions & additions:

  • Add green onions, red onion or chives.
  • Make homemade croutons and add them to the salad.
  • Add black pepper, fresh herbs or a pinch of salt to taste.
  • Make our homemade dressing with a combo of mayonnaise, worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, anchovy paste and garlic cloves.
  • Top with crispy chickpeas, nutritional yeast or panko breadcrumbs for even more texture.
  • Add cherry tomatoes, red bell pepper, black olives or cheddar cheese.
  • Use penne pasta or rotini pasta instead of the bowtie.
  • Add cooked chicken diced into bite-size pieces to create a main dish salad.
Pasta Caesar Salad Recipe

This is the perfect side dish for the warm summer months because it’s easy to prepare in advance and bring to an event. Just store the salad dressing separately until ready to serve.

Pasta Caesar Salad Recipe

This creamy pasta salad is awesome because it makes a flavorful side for your barbecue favorties or a complete main course when paired with grilled chicken and garlic bread.  Add this easy recipe to your weekly meal prep!

Pasta Caesar Salad Recipe

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Pasta Caesar Salad Recipe

Pasta Caesar Salad

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This pasta caesar salad recipe combines crisp romaine lettuce, tangy dressing and fresh parmesan with bow tie pasta to create a hearty, flavorful side dish that is sure to satisfy.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups bow tie pasta, cooked
  • 3/4 cup caesar salad dressing
  • 1 cup croutons
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup bacon bits
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Lemon juice

Instructions

1. Cook the pasta, drain and allow to cool completely.

2. In a large mixing bowl combine pasta, crispy croutons, parmesan and bacon bits.

3. Add dressing and mix well.

4. Add crisp romaine lettuce and toss to combine.

5. Top with a squeeze of lemon juice. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 565Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 1147mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 7gSugar: 4gProtein: 18g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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