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Caesar Pasta Salad

Author A Bountiful Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pasta any shape (I like Radiatore) cooked al dente
  • 1 envelope Good Seasons Italian dressing dry
  • 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes halve them if you like
  • 2 large or 6 hearts of Romaine lettuce washed, chopped
  • 4 cups croutons home made or store bought
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese*
  • 1/2 to 3/4 32 oz bottle Cardinis Original Caesar Dressing*, refrigerated before using if possible

Instructions

Make ahead- if possible,the night before serving:

  1. Place cooked pasta in a bowl. Sprinkle with dry Good Seasons Italian dressing and about 1/2 cup of the bottled Cardinis dressing. Refrigerate overnight.

The next day, before serving:

  1. Place the prepared pasta, grape tomatoes, chopped lettuce, croutons and Parmesan cheese in a large bowl. Toss with about 1/2 of the bottle of dressing. Let sit for a few minutes, add additional dressing to taste just before serving.

Recipe Notes

-I purchase the grape tomatoes, Romaine, croutons, Parmesan cheese and Cardini's dressing at Costco.-*I usually prefer fresh grated Parmesan, but in this case, I like the bagged grated Parmesan. It holds up better and won't "fade" into the salad. A big bag will last forever, and can be frozen, if needed. Found in the refrigerator section next to other bagged, grated cheese.-*If you can't find Cardini's, any other name brand of Caesar dressing will work. Also, it's best to refrigerate the salad dressing before adding to the salad. Helps keep the salad cooler.-If grape or cherry tomatoes aren't available or too expensive, use chopped Roma tomatoes instead.-Adding chopped or sliced chicken makes this a nice main dish salad.-This makes a huge salad, enough to serve about 30-40 as a side dish. Depending on how polite your peeps are.