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Oct 22, 2021 2 min read

Caesar salad fans, this one is for you! And pasta salad lovers, this one is for you, too! This amazing recipe combines these two favorite dishes to make a satisfying, make-ahead cold lunch or dinner. Best of all, it is low in carbs. 

The pasta in this recipe is Great Low-Carb Pasta - Rotini. It has 7 grams of net carbs and 18 grams of dietary fiber. It is also packed with protein, with 18 grams.

Croutons are a feature of classic caesar salad. This salad has a mixture of crunch and substance from romaine lettuce and pasta. If you want to add croutons, you can keep them low in carbs by toasting low-carb bread with olive oil and garlic, then cutting it into square. Or you can bake cheese crackers to use.

Using Great Low-Carb Pasta - Rotini can help you keep calories down as well as carbs. Each serving has 100 calories, which is 50% less than the calories in regular pasta. If you want to cut calories, you can try these other swaps in the recipe.

  • ¼ cup of mayonnaise instead of ⅓ cup of mayo
  • Fat-free sour cream instead of regular sour cream
  • Adding crunch with roasted chickpeas instead of croutons, cheese crackers, or nuts
  • Using low-fat parmesan cheese and skipping the extra cheese on top

This recipe can be a great lunch or cold dinner. Refrigerate the leftovers for a couple of days and have them for dinner, or take them in a sack lunch with a piece of fruit for a complete and instant, healthy meal. 

Recipe for Low-Carb Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Make 6 servings

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • Juice from ½ of a lemon
  • 2 teaspoons of worcestershire sauce
  • ⅓ cup of mayonnaise 
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  • 2 cloves of peeled and minced garlic
  • 1 ounce (½ can) of anchovies, drained, rinsed, and chopped 
  • ⅓ cup of parmesan cheese, plus ⅓ cup
  • 1 package of Great Low-Carb Pasta - Rotini
  • 2 hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped 
  • 2 cups of shredded cooked skinless chicken, such as rotisserie or chicken breast
  • Optional toppings, such as walnuts, tomato slices, or lemon wedges

Instructions:

  1. Cook the Great Low-Carb Pasta - Rotini according to the directions on the package. Boil water, add the pasta, and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until cooked nearly al dente. Drain the pasta and put it into a large serving bowl. Set it aside.
  2. Make the dressing in a bowl by whisking together the Dijon mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, anchovy, and ⅓ cup of parmesan cheese. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
  3. Add the romaine lettuce to the bowl and toss it with the pasta. Add the chicken and mix. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently. 
  4. Serve the salad in bowls or on plates. Add walnuts or croutons, the remainder of the parmesan cheese, and any additional toppings, such as tomato slices or lemon wedge.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
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