Bowtie Chicken Caesar Salad
This Bowtie Chicken Caesar Salad is a great salad for a crowd. A way to bulk up a salad is to add cooked pasta to it! Try this pasta salad and you’ll never go back.
Bowtie Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe
(Originally posted 2010)
My church calling has kept me really busy lately. Every couple of weeks it seems like we have a stake function where we are feeding between 100 and 200 people.
Only four of us make up the stake RS presidency so even though the food assignments are divided, each of us are still making a lot of food!
This past week I was in charge of salad for 150 women.
I remembered a chicken recipe my cousin Amy had sent me a while ago for a salad that fed a crowd so I went searching for it in my emails.
I made it 3 times last week: once for the missionaries, for the RS event, and then I made it for a BBQ.
This Bowtie Caesar Salad has chicken, almonds, croutons, parmesan cheese and a little twist…bowtie pasta. People are always surprised to see it in a green salad.
I like the addition of the pasta in the salad because it adds more substance and you can add more pasta to make the salad stretch. All the measurements are approximate…you can adjust it however you like.
OTHER CHICKEN RECIPES:
- Chicken Salad recipe
- Chicken Caesar Pasta Casserole
- Baked Parmesan Caesar Chicken
- Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken
- Hawaiian Grilled Chicken
- Crock Pot Italian Chicken
- Easy Crockpot Fiesta Chicken
- Crockpot Italian Chicken
- Cheesy Bean Chicken Salsa
Bowtie Chicken Caesar Salad
- 2 bunches Romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 bag garlic croutons
- 1 bag Almond Accents/ Roasted Garlic Caesar
- 2 Chicken Breasts, cooked and cubed, (you can also use rotisserie chicken, cubed)
- 2 cups dry bowtie pasta, cooked
- 4 - 6 oz shredded parmesan cheese
- Caesar Dressing, (I like Brianna’s Asiago or Cardini's)
- Toss all the above ingredients with Caesar dressing right before serving. Serves 10.
Oh my gosh! This salad is perfection. It is the tastiest. I recommend the Brianna’s Asiago Caesar as well (YUM), but not putting it on the salad at all. If your crowd is small enough, let people put their own dressing on their salads. It will keep the main salad from wilting and make your leftovers fresher.
Thanks for the tips!
Looking forward to making this! Can I use iceberg lettuce and do I let the pasta completely cool down before mixing it together?
I’m going to make this for book club but have 2 questions….one asked by another which was never answered.
1. Is it 2 cups dried pasta and then cooked or 2 cups of cooked pasta?
2. How many does this recipe serve? You have serves 4 at the top and serves 20-25 at the bottom.
I’m so sorry! I had my recipes transferred and it looks like some of the info was corrupted. I have fixed it.
1) The recipe calls for 2 cups dry pasta cooked.
2) It serves about 10, give or take.
Really awesome recipe; make my own dressing!
I bet it’s great.
I’m about to make this for a baby shower today. I see at the top of the recipe it says “serves 4”. But, at the bottom, under Instructions, it say “Serves 20-25”! What’s wrong with this picture? lol
I’d like to know the answer to this as well.
How much did it end up making for the shower? I’d love make this but I wouldn’t be serving it to 20+ people
I made this for a Halloween Party. I threw a half a teaspoon of black food gel in the pasta water to dye my bowties black so they could be “bats” in the salad. Also added a few carrots shaped like pumpkins on top. Took no time at all using the Brianna’s dressing as a short cut, which happens to be our go to prepared Caesar dressing in our house. Thanks for the inspiration of adding pasta to a Caesar salad!
Oh my gosh! So creative!
Hi! Stumbled upon this recipe and can’t wait to make it for a baby shower I’m throwing this weekend. Curious, I can’t find the roasted garlic Almond Accents anywhere! I’m getting the impression they’ve been discontinued. I wonder what you use in place of that now? Fresh Gourmet seems to be the brand that has taken over in the grocery stores here. They’ve got a sea salt and cracked pepper flavor I thought to try, or perhaps plain toasted. I’d love your thoughts! Thanks!
Any almonds would work. I think the plain toasted would be good. Nothing over seasoned.
Made it! Love it! I found the dressing – it’s delicious- tossed a little with the pasta. Since I made for my lunches this week, I stored everything separately as another person suggested (thanks!). I used sliced almonds for salads and didn’t have the Parmesan cheese but honestly didn’t miss it since the dressing has asiago cheese in it. Great recipe – thanks for sharing!
Can you please provide the nutritional facts for this recipe? I want to try it but need to know the calories and carbs etc.
My husband and I love this meal (seriously, we eat it probably once a month). For any one who is looking for ideas, we add in some red onion and black olives as well and man it is good! Because we are only two people, we have lots of left-overs and have learned from experience to store everything separately, or it gets soggy. We take it for lunches in Ziplock baggies and then assembly everything right before eating.
Thanks for the tips!
I thought this recipe looked interesting and easy, so I tried it. It was wonderful, so much so I had it two days in a row! I cooked the pasta earlier in the day, to save that step at the last minute, and just tossed it with a little of the Caesar dressing to keep it from sticking together. I also rubbed my chicken breasts with Montreal Chicken seasoning (found in the spice aisle) before I cooked it, it adds a little extra flavor. This is a great, light, one meal dish for company. I will certainly make it again.
Thank you! I love hearing that.
As a New Zealander and unfamiliar with the bag of Almond Accents/ Roasted Garlic Caesar, what is it please so that I can substitute. This recipe looks delicious.
It’s just garlic flavored almonds.
I made this today for a bridal shower, except also added sliced mushrooms and used slivered almonds that I sugared, and it was a huge hit!!! This is such a great salad!!
Thank you – nice salas.
This is absolutely one of my favorite salad recipes ever!!
WOW!! I just fell upon your website in a search for a artichoke dip recipe. (which I am going to make this weekend) I LOVE Love love this idea of having the pasta in the salad with greens. Its brilliant. Ahhh
I clicked on this recipe and a “wine pairing” icon popped on it. It cracked me up that this RS salad now has a wine option!! LOL
Awesome. That’s just great!
I love this salad and love making it for us girls at the office. Its so easy to throw together and I cant wait to make this summer for cookouts! Its def best if made and served immediatly otherwise your croutons are not crunchy but either way, this is a great recipe!
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It’s just a store brand of Caesar dressing. I like Gardini’s as well. You can use any kind you like.
Bowtie Chicken Caesar Salad is very tasty recipie. i often eat this. and i cook it from this recipie.
Where do we find the salad dressing recipe or is it store brand?
I just had the GOOD luck to find your blog after PINNING your chicken ceasar salad recipe! YUM:) Keep up the good work!! I will definitely be returning…often:))
No! The onion just gives it flavor when cooked with the chicken but you don’t use the onion. 2 bunches of lettuce is 2 heads of lettuce. Probably about 8 cups chopped leaves.
Do you leave the onion in it? And what exactly is 2 bunches of lettuce?? Help!
“Green Leaf Lettuce” is a type of lettuce available. I just looked on the produce department as I usually just use romaine, bit there it was!
I l.o.v.e. this salad…i threw in some spinach, grape tomatoes, and sliced cucumbers as well. so good!
Nice take on a caesar salad!
This salad looks delicious!!
This looks so yummy! I want some for lunch!
Love the twist 🙂
Ok, Pizza Factory makes the best bowtie chicken caesar salad. I crave it all the time but we hardly ever go there. I guess I’ll have to start making my own now that I’ve got a recipe!! Thanks!
I would make this but too busy stuffing my face with your Creamsicle cookies! They’re sooooooo good!
So funny. I just made this salad last week for a RS luncheon. It always gets great reviews!
I’m a little confused. Do you eat this hot or cold ?
Cold. You cook and cool the pasta.
Thank you. You’re sweet and I never will turn down recipes, especially awesome ones.
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