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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. —Lee Reese, Rolla, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain; rinse with cold water.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
2-2/3 cups: 601 calories, 34g fat (9g saturated fat), 99mg cholesterol, 1539mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 5g fiber), 33g protein.

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