Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

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Caesar Pasta Salad

When I get in a pasta salad rut, one of my favorite ways to break out of it is to make pasta salad modeled after one of my favorite green salads. Cobb Pasta Salad and Greek Pasta Salad are two favorites. I’m almost always pleased with the outcome, probably because there are so few ingredients or flavors that I don’t like with pasta. Pasta is like a blank canvas you can use to let your creativity run free.

Caesar Pasta Salad

This Caesar Pasta Salad is modeled after my Caesar Coleslaw and it is a delicious and satisfying pasta salad. During the summer months, I love the nice crispy crunch of the romaine lettuce in a Caesar salad. There’s something so refreshing about it. I add enough romaine to this dish so you know it’s there, but not so much that it overtakes the pasta.

Caesar Pasta Salad

I make a creamy Caesar dressing from mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, garlic, and a few minced anchovies. You can leave the anchovies out if you really object to them.  I add a big handful of grape tomatoes and they, along with the romaine lettuce and a sprinkling of chopped green onions, make the salad fresh and bright. A few croutons on top give some crunch and add a finishing Caesar salad touch.

Caesar Pasta Salad

Caesar Pasta Salad

Toss in a few diced grilled chicken breasts and you have yourself not just a crowd-pleasing side dish, but a dish that works as a light summer meal.

Caesar Pasta Salad

See how easy this recipe is to make. Watch the short video below.

Caesar Pasta Salad

Caesar Pasta Salad

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 375kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
A creamy and delicious pasta salad with all the flavors of a Caesar Salad.
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  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 clove large garlic pressed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 anchovies finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound penne pasta cooked until al dente and rinsed with cool water
  • 6 leaves large Romaine lettuce thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes
  • 4 green onions. green parts sliced
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts diced
  • 1 1/2 cups croutons


  • In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise through the Worcestershire sauce.
  • Toss half of the dressing with the pasta and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Mix in remaining ingredients including the remaining dressing and serve.


I like to mix half of the dressing with the pasta and chill it and then mix in the remaining dressing just before serving, but you can do it all at once.
Be sure to salt your cooking water for the pasta well, at least 1 tablespoon of salt.
Anchovies can be omitted. You might want to double the Worcestershire sauce if you do.


Calories: 375kcal

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66 thoughts on “Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

  1. This was great! Everyone (including my super picky 3-year-old who doesn’t eat things that others swear their picky eaters loved) ate it up!

    1. I forgot to mention, I marinated the chicken in Italian dressing before grilling and used green lentil penne pasta to up the protein/nutrition. On mine, I also substituted Stacy’s garlic, parmesan & herb baked pita chips for the croutons. Loved it!

  2. I made this on the fly with some left over grilled chicken in the fridge and I had to sub bottle dressing due to my hurry and it is amazing.. I am going to Florida in a few weeks and olan on making it there with the home made dressing.. Great recipe!!!

  3. Hi I love the look of this recipe and would like to know if I make this dressing a few days in advance will it keep? I am taking a group of 30 away for 5 days and thought this would be very easy to toss together for a lunch especially if I was able to mix up the dressing in advance?

  4. Hi Christin,

    I’m making this dish for my girlfriends bridal shower. I’ve never used anchovies and I don’t know how important they are to this recipe. Will omitting the anchovies change the taste at all? I want it to taste just like ceasar dressing. You said in a previous comment to just add more salt if we were to omit the anchovies but you also state to double the Worcester sauce. Help😭😭😭

    1. Yes, you can leave the anchovies out. I would make the dressing as is without the anchovies, do a taste test and if you think it needs more salt and flavor, add some more Worcestershire sauce. It should help with both problems,

  5. I made this today for 4th of July. It taste wonderful. So strange, this is almost exactly the same as my on creation for my chicken salad, without pasta. I added 6 chopped boiled eggs ,1/2 cup chopped parsley., and an additional 1/4 cup of sour cream. It is creamy and delish.

  6. This was awesome!!! If I wanted to make a little bit more dressing, what would you suggest in the measurements?

    1. I would use 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise, 1/2 cup sour cream, 2 medium garlic cloves, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, and 2-3 chopped anchovies.

  7. This looked amazing – but, I must say I was disappointed.
    Mine turned out very dry! I followed the recipe so I’m not sure why it was so dry. Anyone else experience this?

  8. Hi,

    I was just wondering if I make the dressing first with all the dressing ingredients you mentioned or do I just mix together the mayo with the sauce and add the rest later? Thanks!!


  9. What is the nutrition info for it fat and about how many calories and how big is a serving? It looks beyond good!

    1. I don’t do nutritional information for my recipes Angela. Too time-consuming to make sure I get all the information right. There are a number of websites and apps where you can plug in the ingredients and find out.

  10. This was a really good salad. Most recipes out there call for your fav bottled caesar, so I was glad to see yours is homemade. Nice jobs! This goes in my recipe box (with a note to add fresh basil if i have it)

  11. found this a few weeks ago on Pinterest, made it & love it! It’s one of my hubby’s new favorites & it’s now in the summer rotation. Thanks for a great idea!!

  12. This was amazing! The dressing tasted flavorful and though I did tweak it (1/2 cup more parmesean cheese and an additional chicken breast), that doesn’t change the fact that the recipe as is was awesome! Glad I found this ok Pinterest

  13. Just a suggestion – saw Bobby Flay make a pasta salad where he aadded half the dressing to HOT drained pasta, then chilled. The dressing really soaks into the pasta and you don’t lose the starch via rinsing with water. The starch helps dressings and sauces stick to the pasta. Make all my rice and pasta salads this way now.

  14. I just made this for a family reunion! OMG, this is so delicious…it is now my new “go to” pasta salad.

  15. This is a beautiful salad. I don’t keep anchovies in my pantry but I do have anchovy paste in my fridge as well as a tube of tomato paste. Very handy when small amounts are needed.

  16. This looks wonderful and so yummy! If I were to use a bag of precut romaine lettuce from the store, how much would I use for this recipe?

  17. This is such a great twist on caesar salad! It looks amazing and I can see what a big hit this would be at our house and a summer potluck.

  18. Caesar salad is my all time favorite and I love that you made a pasta salad version. This is the perfect summer meal and a great way to use leftover chicken. Awesome post, Christin!

  19. What a great recipe makeover! Such a smart way to mix things up. Who doesn’t love caesar salad, so a caesar pasta salad must taste just amazing. I really want to try your caesar dressing recipe, I’ve been making mine with greek yogurt, but it has a bit more “tang” than I would like.

    Beautiful pictures as always!

  20. Oh my gosh, this is like the best twist on caesar salad EVER. You really are the queen of all things salad, Christin! I can’t wait to try this salad for our next cook-out! Beautiful photos as always and pinned! 🙂

  21. I am embarrassed to admit that I have tried making only one pasta salad 🙂 this Caesar pasta salad actually looks really good and worth trying 😉

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