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healthy balsamic chicken caesar pasta salad

Healthy Balsamic Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad


  • Author: Tati Chermayeff
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

An easy and healthy balsamic chicken caesar pasta salad recipe that is perfect for a hot summer day. This chicken caesar salad comes together in under 30 minutes, is packed with protein, and dressed in a low-fat homemade yogurt caesar dressing. A fun & healthy spin on the classic caesar salad recipe!


Ingredients

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Chicken:

  • 2 large chicken breasts, skinless and boneless
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Salad:

  • 8 oz dried pasta, I used bowtie
  • 20 sweet cherry tomatoes, halved (about 1 + 1/4 cups)
  • 2 hearts romaine, chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani 0%)
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp pickle juice (I used Kosher Dill)
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and bring a pot of salted water to a boil on the stovetop.
  2. In a large ziplock bag, mix together all the balsamic chicken marinade ingredients. Add in chicken, seal the bag and shake until chicken is evenly coated. Let marinate for at least 10 – 15 minutes.
  3. Cook pasta according to package until it is al dente. Strain pasta, run under cold water, and set in the refrigerator to cool while you cook the chicken.
  4. In a large saute pan, heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil to medium-high heat. Add chicken to the pan and cook for 3 – 5 minutes on each side. Then, carefully transfer the pan to the oven and continue to cook for 8 – 12 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink. Let chicken rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing by whisking all the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. For a tangier dressing add 1 Tablespoon more of pickle juice and/or lemon.
  6. Pour the dressing on top of the cold pasta and gently toss to fully coat each piece.
  7. Add the chopped romaine hearts and sweet cherry tomatoes to the bowl with the dressed pasta. Use tongs to gently toss to combine until everything is combined and coated.
  8. Slice the chicken breasts and add to the pasta salad.
  9. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and enjoy!
  • Category: Salad, Side, Lunch, Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop & Oven
  • Cuisine: American, Healthy

Keywords: healthy balsamic chicken caesar pasta salad, caesar salad, pasta salad, healthy caesar salad, chicken caesar salad, Summer recipe, side dish, dinner, lunch, protein salad, meal prep

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