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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad with Gluten-free Croutons

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The ultimate healthy summer pasta salad: this chicken caesar pasta salad with homemade gluten-free croutons. Crunchy romaine, quinoa and brown rice noodles, grilled chicken, sprinkle of cheese and tossed in a light caesar dressing!

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins

Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 4 slices bread of choice
  • 14 ounces gluten-free pasta (or any pasta)
  • 2 cooked pieces of grilled chicken
  • 2 tablespoons caesar dressing
  • 1 bag of romaine lettuce (I bought the large one from Trader Joe’s already sliced)
  • 1 lemon
  • Avocado or olive oil
  • Optional: sea salt, black pepper + fresh warm

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. If using frozen bread, add 4 slices of bread to the toaster and toast until just golden
  3. Slice into 1-inch squares and toss in avocado or olive oil and season with sea salt, black pepper and some garlic powder
  4. Add to baking sheet then bake in oven for about 20 minutes, flipping the croutons after 10 minutes
  5. As the croutons bake, boil water and cook pasta per directions on back. I always rinse in cold water to prevent sticking
  6. Add the pasta to a large bowl and lightly drizzle oil on top to help the pasta not stick
  7. Slice the chicken into smaller pieces and add to bowl with pasta and romaine
  8. Once croutons are done, add those to the bowl then toss with dressing
  9. Sprinkle some parmesan on top if desired and enjoy while fresh!
  • Author: Rachel