Pasta and Avocado Caesar Salad Recipe

You have to try this Pasta Avocado Caesar Salad. Easy and family friendly weeknight meal! | natashaskitchen.com

You guys!! You have to try this Pasta Avocado Caesar Salad. It’s scrumptious and makes for an easy weeknight family meal. It combines veggies and grains and is made perfect with and sponsored by Simply Dressed® Caesar Dressing.

This salad has all the creamy goodness of a classic Caesar salad but is so much more exciting with the addition of pasta, avocado and tomatoes. 

This pasta caesar salad will fill you up and keep you feeling good! It’s also a great dish to take to a potluck, just keep the croutons separate until ready to serve.

Ingredients for Pasta Avocado Caesar Salad:

1 large or 2 medium heads of romaine lettuce
1/2 lb fusilli pasta, cooked al dente according to package instructions
1 medium avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
Grated parmesan cheese, to taste
Marzetti Simply Dressed® Caesar Dressing and Croutons.

Optional add-ins:

Sliced Grilled chicken, Shrimp

You have to try this Pasta Avocado Caesar Salad. Easy and family friendly weeknight meal! @natashaskitchen

How to Make the Best Ceasar Salad:

1. Cook pasta in salted water according to package instructions until al dente. Rinse in cold water and set aside to drain.

2. Rinse, chop and spin the romaine lettuce dry using a salad spinner. If you don’t have a salad spinner, pat dry with a clean towel. The dressing will coat the salad much better if the lettuce isn’t wet. Transfer lettuce to a large mixing bowl. Toss in the diced avocado and halved tomatoes.

3. Marzetti Simply Dressed Caesar Dressing to really boost the flavor of this salad. It’s so creamy and good! Toss to evenly coat the lettuce. Add the dressing to taste. Sprinkle with parmesan and croutons. Yum. Yum

You have to try this Pasta Avocado Caesar Salad. Pasta Caesar Salad is an easy and family friendly weeknight meal! | natashaskitchen.com

I love that Marzetti Simply Dressed dressings are refrigerated and avoid preservatives, trans fats, HFC’s, added MSG, artificial flavors or colors. Instead they use a minimal number of ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, and sea salt. Yeah, I feel good about serving it to my family.

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You have to try this Pasta Avocado Caesar Salad. Easy and family friendly weeknight meal! | natashaskitchen.com

Caesar Salad with Pasta and Avocado

4.7 from 75 reviews
This salad is scrumptious and makes for an easy weeknight family meal. This salad has all the creamy goodness of a classic caesar salad, but is more exciting with pasta, avocado and tomatoes.
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Ingredients

For the Caesar Salad:

  • 1 large or 2 medium heads of romaine lettuce
  • ½ lb fusilli pasta, cooked al dente according to package instructions
  • 1 medium avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • Grated parmesan cheese, to taste
  • Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Caesar Dressing
  • Croutons

Optional add-ins:

  • Sliced Grilled chicken or Shrimp

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta in salted water according to package instructions until al dente. Rinse in cold water and set aside to drain.
  2. Rinse, chop and spin the romaine lettuce dry using a salad spinner. If you don't have a salad spinner, pat dry with a clean towel. The dressing will coat the salad much better if the lettuce isn't wet. Transfer lettuce to a large mixing bowl. Toss in the diced avocado and halved tomatoes.
  3. Add the Marzetti Simply Dressed Caesar Dressing to really boost the flavor of this salad. Toss to evenly coat the lettuce. Add the dressing to taste. Sprinkle with parmesan and croutons.

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  • Hagan
    April 15, 2017

    Is it ok to put the pasta in the fridge so it isn’t hot on the salad? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 15, 2017

      Hi Hagan, you can if you wish. I always rinse it in cold water which cools it sufficiently, but refrigerating would also work great 🙂 Reply

    • Riley
      May 27, 2017

      The safest way to cool pasta is rinsing and/or soaking in cold water. Then you can put it in the fridge. Putting it directly in the fridge is dangerous and can harvest bacteria. Reply

  • Robyn
    March 6, 2017

    How many people will this serve? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 6, 2017

      It would serve 4 people 🙂 Reply

  • Chelse
    January 30, 2017

    How many calories is one serving? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 31, 2017

      Hi Chelse, I don’t have nutritional information on most of my recipes due to time constraints. Sorry I can’t be more helpful! Reply

  • December 21, 2016

    Thanks for sharing this pasta and avocado Caesar salad recipe. I used my own Caesar dressing that I learned from my mom and it complimented your recipe really well! Next time, I hope to see your own created dressing for which I would want to see a recipe. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 21, 2016

      I am so glad you enjoyed it! Maybe that dressing can be added to my list of “to-do” recipes. Reply

  • Kathy
    September 26, 2016

    Sorry, but a salad recipe with a dressing out of a bag is not a recipe to me. The Internet is international and this dressing isn’t avilble to everyone. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 26, 2016

      Hi Kathy, I’m sorry you aren’t able to find it. It’s our favorite store-bought dressing and this post was sponsored by the company that makes it, but if you need a homemade one, we have that too! Click here for our Caesar dressing recipeReply

  • Luda
    August 29, 2016

    Love this recipe, thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 30, 2016

      Luda, thank you for the nice review and you are welcome 😁. Reply

  • Dana Kusnirova
    July 30, 2016

    Hello Natasha! Me and my fiance love your blog and we tried several recipes and it worked really well. You have ammazing ideas! Thank you! Danka from Slovakia Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 30, 2016

      Dana, welcome to the site and thank you for the sweet comment 😊. I hope you’ll find lots of new favorites here. Reply

  • Yelena
    May 16, 2016

    Hi Natasha, how come I can’t find a video for this recipe? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 17, 2016

      Hi Yelena, the sponsors video players stopped working correctly. Unfortunately they didn’t allow me to upload it to my YouTube channel so I’m not sure when it will be posted again. Sorry! 🙁 Reply

  • Dei
    April 14, 2016

    So very good. You really don’t need the dressing if you use a whole avocado and olive oil Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 15, 2016

      I love smart and healthy substitutions like that! Thank you for sharing! Reply

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