Total Time:

30 min(Preparation)



Grilled Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad


3/4 cup (175 mL)light mayonnaise
1/4 cup (50 mL)buttermilk
3 tbsp (45 mL)grated Parmesan cheese (approx.)
2 tbsp (30 mL)lemon juice
1 tsp (5 mL)Dijon mustard
1clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp (2 mL) finely grated lemon zest
3boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cup (375 mL)seeded and diced tomato
1/2 cup (125 mL)crumbled crisp bacon
2 tsp (10 mL)each Worcestershire sauce and anchovy paste (optional)
 Chopped fresh parsley
 Salt and pepper


1Cook penne according to package directions. Rinse pasta under cold water until cool. Drain well.
2Meanwhile, stir the mayonnaise with the buttermilk, cheese, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, anchovy paste (if using), Dijon mustard, garlic, and lemon zest until well combined. Reserve.
3Preheat the grill to medium high. Toss the chicken with 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the dressing mixture and season with salt and pepper.
4Grill the chicken for 5 minutes. Turn the chicken breasts and reduce the heat to medium. Cook chicken for an additional 6 to 8 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer reads 165ºF (74ºC) when inserted into the thickest part of the meat. Remove chicken from the grill. Rest for 5 minutes, then slice thinly.
5Toss the cooled pasta with the remaining mayonnaise mixture, sliced chicken, bacon and tomatoes. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan, salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley.

For a healthy, delicious meal try our recipe for a Grilled Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad; an innovative spin on an old classic!

TipsFor a quick pantry substitute, use 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) purchased Caesar salad dressing instead of the homemade version.
 Replace the buttermilk with “sour” regular milk by stirring with one quarter of the lemon juice; let stand for 5 minutes before adding to the remaining dressing ingredients.


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