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Caesar pasta salad recipe

Caesar pasta salad recipe

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Turn a classic salad into a quick dinner or weekend lunch with this Caesar pasta salad recipe. Perfect hot or cold, this pasta salad has all the classic elements of a great Caesar - juicy chicken, crispy croutons, lots of fresh lettuce and a sprinkle of cheese all in a creamy dressing. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 10 mins to cook
  • 608 calories / serving


  • 300g penne
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 white roll, cut into 1cm cubes
  • A pinch dried oregano
  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced
  • ¾ cucumber, halved lengthways and sliced
  • 120ml Caesar dressing
  • 1/3 round lettuce, leaves torn
  • 25g grated pecorino
If you haven't got penne, try using fusilli or another short pasta

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    25g 36%
  • Saturates

    4g 19%
  • Sugars

    4g 5%
  • Salt

    1g 17%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 67.3g Protein 30.9g Fibre 3g


  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the penne for 10 mins until al dente, then drain.
  2. Meanwhile, add half the oil to a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the sliced chicken and fry for 8-10 mins until cooked through, stirring regularly.
  3. Heat the remaining olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and toss in the bread cubes. Fry for 3-5 mins, stirring frequently, until the bread is golden and crisp. Add the oregano and stir again. Tip out of the pan and leave to cool.
  4. Toss the cooked pasta, chicken, cucumber and dressing in a large bowl. When ready to serve, gently fold in the salad leaves, top with the croutons and sprinkle over the pecorino.

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