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Tortellini & Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe
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Tortellini & Chicken Caesar Salad Recipe

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My family loved this pasta salad right from the start, so these days I serve it a lot. When grilling season hits, I grill the chicken as a special treat. —Lee Reese, Rolla, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (20 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (10 ounces) hearts of romaine salad mix
  • 1-1/2 cups grape tomatoes
  • 1 can (6-1/2 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 3/4 cup creamy Caesar salad dressing
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain; rinse with cold water.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine chicken, onion, oil, garlic, salt and pepper; toss to coat. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken mixture; cook and stir 4-6 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, combine salad mix, tomatoes, olives, tortellini and chicken mixture. Drizzle with dressing; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and bacon. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Tortellini & Chicken Caesar Salad in Simple & Delicious February/March 2014, p1-24

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Aug. 18, 2015

"What are the nutritional facts?"

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2015

"FANTASTIC! A Salad everyone loves..."

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2015

"We love this salad as a one-dish meal. To add flavor, marinate the cooked tortellini in the Caesar salad dressing for an hour or so, then continue with Step 2 and 3. I give this 5 stars."

Reviewed May. 6, 2015

"The salad was good, but it didn't blow me away. I made it exactly by the recipe. I think the dressing wasn't one that I cared for a whole lot....maybe another dressing would make me like it better. The dressing was what the entire salad tasted like - I couldn't taste the chicken. A great idea as far as all the ingredients in it- I think I could make it taste like 5 stars with some tweaking."

Reviewed May. 2, 2015

"I feel so badly about this review. I wanted to love this and I couldn't. All the elements were good, but-and remember this is just one person's opinion-there were just too many elements combined. I think it's neither a cold pasta salad or a vegetable salad. It's just too confusing. If you make this take justmbeth's hint and cut the chicken into smaller pieces. My hint is that if you like olives in salad ditch the nasty canned ones and buy from an olive bar and slice yourself."

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