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The best Caesar Pasta Salad

The best Caesar pasta salad - glass bowl filled with romaine lettuce, pasta, croutons, homemade Caesar dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese.

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This is the best Caesar pasta salad ever. Made with a homemade Caesar dressing, this is a great summer meal, whether on it’s own or with chicken, steak or fish.

I love me some Caesar salad. It’s my fave summer meal on it’s own with a chilled glass of Sauvy B, with some fries (girl dinner), or topped with some grilled chicken.

I combined my love of Caesar salad and pasta to make this Caesar pasta salad. Adding pasta or grains to veggie salads is a great way to bulk up a salad while also keeping it lighter and not so heavy on carbs. This salad is topped with a homemade Caesar dressing that is super easy to make and I promise you’ll never want to use the bottled stuff again!

This salad can be prepped ahead of time which makes it an easy weeknight meal, side dish or to bring to a BBQ or party. Scroll down for my recipe.

The Best Caesar Pasta Salad

*Modifications – a traditional Caesar dressing has anchovies in it. I do not like anchovies, so I used capers instead, to get that salty, briny flavor.

I like to make the dressing ahead of time and keep in a bottle so that you can enjoy throughout the week.

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 1 box pasta
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese shreds
  • croutons

For the dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise (or you can do Greek yogurt)
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestshire sauce
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp capers  (you can also use anchovies or anchovy paste)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt/pepper

Directions:

1.) Boil one box of pasta until al dente then drain and set aside.

2.) Prepare the dressing.  Add all of the dressing ingredients into a large bowl and whisk together.

Homemade caesar dressing for the best caesar pasta salad - bowls with mayo, dijon, garlic, capers, worcestshire sauce and Parmesan cheese

3.) In a large salad bowl, add the lettuce, pasta, and Parmesan cheese.

making the best caesar pasta salad - bowl of dressing, pasta, grated Parmesan cheese and chopped lettuce

4.) When ready to serve, top with the Caesar dressing, tossing well so it’s all evenly covered. Then top with croutons.

Enjoy!!!

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The best Caesar pasta salad - glass bowl filled with romaine lettuce, pasta, croutons, homemade Caesar dressing and shredded Parmesan cheese.

The best Caesar pasta salad

Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Servings 5 people

Ingredients
  

For Salad

  • 1 box pasta
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese shreds
  • croutons

For the Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise (you can also use Greek yogurt)
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestshire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp capers (you can also use anchovies or anchovy paste)
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • salt/pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Boil one box of pasta until al dente then drain and set aside.
  • Prepare the dressing.  Add all of the dressing ingredients into a large bowl and whisk together.
  • In a large salad bowl, add the lettuce, pasta, and Parmesan cheese.
  • When ready to serve, top with the Caesar dressing, tossing well so it’s all evenly covered. Then top with croutons.
Keyword healthy recipes, low carb, salad

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Joanne Viola
    May 1, 2024 at 7:21 am

    This looks wonderful & I am definitely keeping this recipe to try! So glad you shared it!

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    mireille
    May 1, 2024 at 8:38 am

    That looks quite delicious!
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    Jennifer Wise
    May 1, 2024 at 9:39 am

    This sounds wonderful! I’ve never tried a homemade Caesar dressing–I’m sure it beats store-bought any day. Love the idea of adding pasta. Yum! Visiting from the Sweet Tea & Friends linkup.

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    Emmeline
    May 1, 2024 at 6:13 pm

    This looks so good! I like the idea of substituting greek yogurt for the mayo, I’ll definitely have to try that

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    Catherine Sokolowski
    May 1, 2024 at 8:33 pm

    Pinned! I am bringing this to the next BBQ!

    • Reply
      Nicolle
      May 2, 2024 at 6:48 pm

      Ahhh thank you! You will love it!

  • Reply
    Mie
    May 4, 2024 at 9:19 am

    Hmm! Looks yummie! Thanks!

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    Anne Sweet
    May 5, 2024 at 11:14 am

    I think I might just try this for my dinner tonight, I was thinking of what I could do with my pasta and I have all the ingredients. Thank you for sharing.

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      Nicolle
      May 6, 2024 at 6:38 am

      I hope you love it Anne!

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    Jen
    May 5, 2024 at 3:39 pm

    Oh, my yumminess! I LOVE summer salad and this one looks absolutely delish. I’m sharing it in my weekly recap today. I think my readers will love it too!

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    Karen , the next best thing to mummy
    May 6, 2024 at 6:30 am

    Looks like a delicious pasta salad #ddp@nextnestthingtomummy
    @karendennis2337

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    Crystal
    May 6, 2024 at 8:39 am

    I would not have thought to make a Cesear pasta salad, but it looks and sounds delicious. I love how simple it is to make.

  • Reply
    Joanne
    May 6, 2024 at 3:38 pm

    That looks so delicious!

  • Reply
    Estelle Forrest
    May 7, 2024 at 10:05 pm

    The dressing sounds spot on. Thank you for sharing on SSPS, I hope to see you again next week. I will be featuring your recipe.

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    chickenruby
    May 8, 2024 at 2:51 pm

    That looks really yummy. I tend to steer clear because of the croutons and a wheat allergy, but never think of making my own. Thanks for sharing with #pocolo

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    Paula
    May 13, 2024 at 9:54 am

    This sounds fantastic! Pinned 📌.
    I appreciate you sharing this recipe with Sweet Tea & Friends this month dear friend.

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