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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

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Active Time:  30 Minutes
Total Time:  50 Minutes
  Makes 8 servings
All the vibrant flavors of a Caesar dressing go wonderfully with pasta, making this the ideal way to enjoy the classic salad without the wilted lettuce that would result from making it ahead. Replacing the dressing's traditional egg enrichment with creamy low-fat yogurt results in a dish that will keep far better for outdoor enjoyment. Quickly grilled chicken transforms it into a main dish. You could either make the chicken ahead, as described below, tossing it with the rest of the salad; or make the salad without that addition, grilling the chicken in your backyard or at the picnic site, slicing it, and draping the slices over each serving. Steak makes an excellent alternative to the chicken. If you like, serve the salad on a bed of Romaine lettuce leaves - a nod towards the original Caesar.
For the Chicken:
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts or lean, well-trimmed steak
For the Pasta:
1/2 pound dried bowtie pasta (farfalle)
For the Dressing:
3 canned anchovy fillets
3 garlic cloves, peeled, crushed
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt

6 ounces small cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
1 scallion, thinly sliced crosswise
1/4 cup coarsely chopped italian parsley
6 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 cups packaged Caesar-style croutons
romaine lettuce leaves
Combine lemon juice and 1 tablespoon oil in large bowl. Add chicken, turn to coat. Let stand 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot lightly salted boiling water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain and immediately rinse with cold water until cool; drain well. Toss pasta with 1 tablespoon oil to coat. Set aside.

Use fork, mash anchovies and garlic in large bowl until smooth paste forms. Whisk in remaining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard. Whisk in yogurt. Gradually whisk in remaining 1/2 cup oil. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

Preheat broiler. Sprinkle chicken breasts generously with salt and black pepper. Place chicken on broiler pan and broil until cooked through, turning chicken once, about 12 minutes. Cool. Cut chicken crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

Combine chicken, pasta, tomatoes, scallions, and parsley in large bowl. Add dressing and Parmesan cheese. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate.

Place Romaine lettuce leaves on individual plates. Mound salad atop lettuce leaves. Scatter croutons over each and serve.

If packing for a picnic, transfer the salad to an airtight, unbreakable container and keep cool in an insulated carrier with blue ice nearby. Pack the croutons and Romaine leaves in separate containers.

Recipe created exclusively for by Norman Kolpas.

Recipe reprinted by permission of . All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes 8 servings
Calories: 381
Fat. Total: 21g
Fiber: 2g
Carbohydrates, Total: 30g
Sodium: 302mg
% Cal. from Fat: 50%
Cholesterol: 30mg
Protein: 18g
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Rating: 1
by: Susie Reviewed: 04/09/2009
I haven't even MADE this recipe,and I'm already tired of it. Too many ingredients, too much prep. Instead, boil up some pasta, cool under cold running water, toss in some tomatoes and parmesan, drizzle with ceasar dressing a voila! Prep time 20 minutes. add whatever other veggies are around, oninons, garlic, beans.
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