Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

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From: EatingWell.com, April 2019

This scrumptious and healthy salad combines elements of Caesar salad, pasta salad and chicken salad for an easy weeknight dinner that comes together in less than 30 minutes (and most of the prep can be done ahead). Use your blender to whip together the tangy buttermilk-based dressing, which would also be great on a salmon or chickpea salad.

Ingredients 6 servings

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  • ½ cup low-fat buttermilk
  • ¼ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1½ teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • ¾ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat penne
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 5 cups chopped romaine lettuce

Preparation

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  1. Combine buttermilk, yogurt, oil, lemon juice, mustard, anchovy paste, garlic, ½ cup Parmesan and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a blender; puree on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking water.
  3. Combine the pasta, chicken, tomatoes, ¼ cup of the reserved cooking water and the remaining ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Stir in the buttermilk dressing until thoroughly combined. Stir in additional cooking water as needed for a creamy consistency. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days.
  4. Just before serving, stir in lettuce; sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup Parmesan.
  • To make ahead: Prepare through Step 3 and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1½ cups
  • Per serving: 383 calories; 14 g fat(4 g sat); 4 g fiber; 34 g carbohydrates; 33 g protein; 72 mcg folate; 72 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 3,980 IU vitamin A; 9 mg vitamin C; 172 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 572 mg sodium; 508 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (80% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3 lean protein, 1½ fat, 1½ starch, 1 vegetable, ½ high-fat protein

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