Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad! The fresh ingredients in a Chicken Caesar Salad with whole grain pasta for energy!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
For the Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad:
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 pound fusilli pasta
- 1 pint grape tomatoes
- 1 cup pitted black olives
- 1 cup chopped green onions
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups croutons, store-bought or homemade
- Homemade Caesar Dressing
- Salt and pepper
For the Homemade Caesar Dressing:
- 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 7 whole anchovies from a can
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
Preheat the grill to medium heat. Place a large pot of salted water over high heat and bring to a boil. Salt and pepper the chicken breasts.
Once the grill is hot, grill the chicken for 5-6 minutes per side. Then remove from heat and allow it to rest. Meanwhile, drop the pasta in the boiling water. Cook for 6-8 minutes, then drain and cool.
Place all the ingredients for the homemade Caesar dressing in the blender. Puree until smooth. Chop the chicken breasts into bite-size pieces and roughly chop the romaine lettuce.
To assemble, place the pasta, tomatoes, black olives, and chopped green onions in a large bowl. Top with the chopped grilled chicken Then pour the dressing over the pasta salad and toss to coat. If making ahead, cover the Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Right before serving, toss in the chopped romaine, shredded Parmesan cheese, and croutons. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve cold or at room temperature.
Serving: 1g | Calories: 320kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 493mg | Potassium: 595mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5080IU | Vitamin C: 10.8mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 1.8mg