Gluten-Free Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Gluten Free Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Perfect pasta salad coming your way! Grilled chicken, a dairy-free caesar dressing, crisp romaine lettuce, bacon, and ripe summer tomatoes come together perfectly in this Gluten-Free Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad! The perfect make-ahead lunch, BBQ side, or dinner for any night of the week!

Summer ready Chicken Caesar Pasta SaladChicken Caesar Pasta Salad Recipe

I’ve always love a good caesar salad, since I was a kid! It’s really all about that amazing creamy caesar dressing, in my opinion! Paired up with crispy romaine, salty and crunch bacon, sweet summer tomatoes and PERFECTLY grilled chicken and you’ve got yourself dinner! Or a crowd pleasing side dish to bring to your next BBQ or potluck. And clearly I’m a fan of all things Caesar Salad. Previously I’ve done Chicken Caesar Burgers and Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad with Blackened Shrimp

Is Caesar Dressing Gluten Free?

Some store-bought caesar dressings can contain gluten. This salad uses a homemade version that is naturally gluten-free. The recipe comes from my cookbook and is my all-time favorite. It’s made dairy-free but doesn’t skimp on the creaminess and the flavor.

Ingredients for caesar pasta saladWhat’s in it?

  • Mayo
  • Olive Oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Lemon
  • Anchovy paste
  • Garlic
  • Bacon, cooked
  • Chicken
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Pasta
  • Cherry tomatoe

Grilled Chicken Caesar Pasta SaladTips for Making this Grilled Chicken Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad:

This salad can be made ahead of time, but you have to keep the dressing and the lettuce separate. You can assemble it up to 24 hours ahead of time, and add the romaine and dressing right before you are ready to serve. I typically love brown rice pasta as my go-to, but when I’m making pasta salads I find that the brown rice tends to get hard when refrigerated. I’d recommend making this the same day if you are using brown rice pasta.

It tastes great slightly warm or at room temperature. While the anchovy flavor is quintessential caesar, if you are really opposed to it you could omit, but it wouldn’t taste the same.

If you were looking to make this dish even easier, you could grab a rotisserie chicken and substitute that in for the grilled chicken.

Chicken pasta salad with caesar dressing

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Gluten-Free Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Prep Time 5 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 0:25 Serves 6

Ingredients

    Batch Caesar Dressing from page 320 of the Lexi's Clean Kitchen Cookbook

    Everything Else

    • 1 8-ounce package bacon, cooked crispy
    • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
    • 1 head romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
    • 1 16-ounce package gluten-free pasta
    • 8-ounces cherry tomatoes, sliced
    • 1 lemon, juiced
    • Salt and pepper, as desired

    Directions

    1. Make the dressing: In a high-speed blender combine all caesar salad ingredients. Pulse once or twice just until blended. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired and set aside.
    2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and grill for 8-10 minutes on each side until no pink remains. Cut into cubes and set aside.
    3. Make pasta as instructed on package then drain and place into a large bowl.
    4. Assemble: In a large bowl, add pasta, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, and chicken. Pour over dressing and mix to combine. Add 1/2 lemon juiced, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!

    Recipe Notes

    1. If you want it creamier, making extra dressing!
    2. You can use rotisserie chicken, too!
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    Classic Macaroni Salad

    This might be a recipe for a Classic Macaroni Salad, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring! This dish is a staple at picnics and potlucks and for good reason–it’s delicious! Serve it for a crowd, or pair it with protein for a cool, summer dinner.

    Bowl of classic macaroni saladClassic Macaroni Salad Recipe

    This site is no stranger to pasta salads, having previously made a BLT Pasta Salad, Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad, and Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad. But we realized as summer rolled on in that we were missing the beloved deli style pasta salad! This refreshing Classic Macaroni Salad may look simple, but it’s bright, with crunchy veggies and perfect for any summertime gathering. This creamy pasta salad looks like the same version you can buy in a deli, but obviously OH SO DELICIOUS because it’s homemade with fresh ingredients.

    Want to know the best part about this pasta salad? It is a make-ahead dish! So make it a day before that party you’re bringing it to, or combine it with some protein like tuna, hard boiled eggs or shredded chicken and prep yourself lunch for a few days.

    Ingredients for classic all American macaroni saladIngredients for our Classic Macaroni Salad

    We admit, using the word classic can be touchy because everybody can have their own version of what makes something classic. But we decided on a version that’s creamy and bright (thanks to a hefty addition of apple cider vinegar), with lots of crunchy fresh vegetables and just the right amount of sweetness that brings the whole thing all together.

    How to make macaroni salad

    Here’s what’s in it:

    • Elbow Macaroni (gluten-free if you need it, of course!)
    • Mayonnaise (we use avocado oil mayo)
    • Apple cider vinegar
    • Honey
    • Dijon mustard
    • Salt and pepper
    • Celery
    • Red bell pepper
    • Carrots
    • Red onion

    Easy macaroni salad in a bowl

    Proteins to Pair to Make it a Meal

    This is the perfect side dish to pair with just about any grilled main dish, but it would also make a great summer dinner or lunch meal prep. Pair it with a protein to make it a but more substantial:

    Best classic macaroni salad recipe

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    Classic Macaroni Salad

    Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:15 Total Time 00:25 Serves 6 as a side

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Rinse well under cool water and drain.
    2. Meanwhile in a large bowl whisk together mayo, apple cider vinegar, honey, dijon mustard and salt and black pepper.
    3. To the bowl add the cooked pasta, celery, red pepper, carrots and red onion and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning.
    4. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to use. Pasta salad will keep up to 4 days.

    Recipe Notes

    1. Don’t need to be gluten-free? Use whatever pasta you’d like!
    2. We tested this with a few different types of gluten-free pasta. Brown rice pasta is slightly hard when cold, while other brands that contained white rice flour, corn flour or soy flour stayed soft when cold. We’d recommend if you want to use brown rice pasta not making it ahead of time to keep it the correct consistency.
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