Cavatappi Chicken Caesar Salad

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  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Servings: 4


  • 8 ounces Cavatappi, Cellentani or similar pasta
  • 8 ounces chorizo sausage
  • 1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers
  • 1 (11.5 ounce) bottle Marie’s Creamy Caesar Dressing, divided
  • 4 romaine hearts, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup croutons
  • 1 cup salsa


Cook pasta according to package instructions; drain. Crumble sausage into skillet; sauté until cooked through; drain. Toss pasta with chorizo, roasted red peppers and 1/2 cup Marie’s Creamy Caesar Dressing. Keep warm.

Prepare grill for medium-high heat. Drizzle romaine with 2 tablespoons olive oil on cut side. Place cut-side down on grill just until grill marks show, about 2 minutes. Coat chicken with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Grill 5 minutes on each side or until meat thermometer registers 165º F. Cool 5 minutes and slice.

Top romaine with pasta and grilled chicken. Drizzle remaining Marie’s Creamy Caesar Dressing over chicken; garnish with Parmesan and croutons. Serve salsa on the side.