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It’s time to make a refreshing Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad for lunch today, it’s a wonderful lunch or dinner!
I’ve mentioned it before but both my husband and I started this year or really we ended 2016 on a wellness journey.
Of course, I had a set weight in mind that I’d like to be as did he; however, our main focus was really changing the way that we eat and what we eat. I quickly did an overhaul on our diet in general.
I realized that what we were really lacking was more wholesome foods. The issue was more that we were lacking in nutrients, so as much as I have cut back on different foods, really I eat more now than I did before but it’s better for you foods.
Now, to make this dish, I decided to cook the pasta and add in my favorites to make this Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad. The key here is that you want to use a Caesar Vinaigrette dressing, do not use the creamy, make sure it’s a vinaigrette.
It’s simple to find one in the store too; however, you can easily make your own. I’ll share a link to the recipe that I use below as well.
This pasta salad is loaded with great ingredients like spinach and chicken, then we used protein-enriched pasta to add to it as well. If you need gluten-free, just use gluten-free penne pasta.
Once you have the pasta cooked and drained, simply return it to the pot and add in the chicken, bacon, and dressing. I like to top ours with shaved Parmesan.
Once it’s done, you can eat it warm or cold, it’s completely up to you. This is a great pasta salad to eat as the meal or you can easily serve it as a side dish too. It’s up to you!
Now, are you ready for Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad for lunch today? I know that I am!
- 16 oz Penne Pasta or Gluten-Free Penne Pasta
- 3 Cups Spinach Leaves
- 1/2 Cup Grape Tomatoes, Halved
- 2 Cups Grilled Chicken, Diced
- 1/4 Cup Crumbled Bacon
- 1 1/2 Cups Caesar Vinaigrette Dressing
- 1 Cup Shaved Parmesan Cheese
- Prepare the pasta as instructed on the package, drain and return to the pot.
- Add in spinach and tomatoes.
- Add in the chicken and bacon.
- Pour in the dressing and mix well to coat.
- Add in the cheese and serve.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 385Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 876mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 28g