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Tortellini & Chicken Caesar Salad

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.

Prep Time

    •    Prep and cook time: 25 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 6


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


  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.

This great family recipe is thanks to Taste of Home at


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