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Grilled Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad


  • Author: Amy
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10-20 servings 1x

Description

Soft bow-tie pasta mixed with crisp romaine lettuce, homemade croutons, and parmesan cheese; tossed with the best ever caesar dressing and topped with smoky grilled chicken. Whether you make this for dinner or a poolside lunch (my favorite), you will forever put this on your summer menu rotation.


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Ingredients

1 box (16oz.) Farfalle pasta (Bow-ties), prepared

2 heads romaine lettuce cut into bite sized pieces

4 cups chopped fresh mushrooms

4 green onions, thinly sliced

3 cups homemade or store-bought croutons

DRESSING:

1 cup olive oil

1 tube (2oz) anchovy paste

3 lemons, juiced + 1 lemon to squeeze on at the end

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese + more for garnish

12 cloves of garlic

HOMEMADE CROUTONS:

3 cups of cubed bread

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp sea salt

GRILLED CHICKEN:

1.5 lb grilled chicken, cut into strips

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp brown sugar

11/2 tsp sea salt

1/8 tsp pepper


Instructions

  1. Prepare bow-tie pasta, drain, set aside and allow to cool (add a tsp olive oil and stir to prevent sticking)
  2. Combine chicken, olive oil, brown sugar, salt, and pepper in a bowl.  Let stand 15 minutes
  3. Combine olive oil, anchovy paste, garlic, lemon juice, and parmesan in a Magic Bullet, food processor, or blender.  Process until smooth.
  4. Grill Chicken* until fully cooked
  5. Throw the croutons in the oven if you making them homemade**
  6. Toss pasta, lettuce, croutons, chicken, green onions, and dressing until evenly coated***
  7. Squeeze fresh lemon juice and grated parmesan cheese over the top.
  8. Refrigerate for at least one hour.

Notes

* I use a charcoal grill.  For chicken strips I use a grilling basket and cook for 8 minutes, flip the chicken strips, and 8 more minutes.  The grill is between 300°-350°.

** Use this recipe for homemade croutons.

***  I had to toss this in two batches because it was a large amount of pasta salad.  Pictured is half the recipe.

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