Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

by on Apr.18, 2010, under Yummies

This is a great spring and summer dish that’s wonderfully filling, but not heavy. It has a cool and refreshing flavor. I like to make this when I am short on time and need something to please a crowd.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

1/2 lb. pasta*
2 Hearts of Romaine lettuce, shredded
1 lb. chicken, cubed (peeled and devained shrimp could also be substituted)
2-3 tbsp Pesto
1 tbsp Olive Oil
Zest of a lemon
Fresh ground pepper
Fresh Shredded Parmesan
Caesar Dressing

  1. Cook pasta per instructions in well salted water.
  2. While pasta is cooking, coat chicken in pesto. Heat olive oil in skillet.
  3. Saute chicken in olive oil until cooked through. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  4. Once pasta is cooked al dente, drain and rinse with cool water.
  5. Toss lettuce, pasta and chicken in large bowl.
  6. Add remaining ingredients and toss with dressing to coat evenly.

* Any kind will work, I’ve done this previously with farfalle, penne, rotini, etc. I was out of my usual small pastas, so for this demo I used angel hair spaghetti.

Makes 4 hearty-sized portions

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