When worlds collide, you get incredible recipes like this Caesar Pasta Salad. All the same great caesar salad flavours, but in a fun backyard fill you up kind of way! 

A close up shot of Caesar Pasta Salad in a white bowl surrounded by the salad ingredients.

Making the Caesar Dressing.

This isn’t a classic caesar salad dressing. It’s a quick and easy version that I think you’ll love. 

If you’re a die hard caesar fan, by all means use a more traditional recipe! 

The main difference is we’ve removed the anchovies (my kids aren’t massive fans – go figure) and we use a pre-made mayo base instead of making an aioli. 

All you’ll need is: 

Light Mayo – I prefer the lighter texture, but you do you!

Dijon Mustard – Adds that classic mustardy punch!

Garlic Cloves – You’ll really notice if you didn’t add any.

Lemon – You always need some acidity to balance the creaminess 

Black Pepper – Classic! Don’t forget it! 

Worcestershire Sauce – If you don’t have any, it’s worth the trip to the store. 

Capers – These little pickled buds add extra acidity and lovely pickle flavours! 

Grated Parmesan – Umami, salty, creamy, the more the merrier. 

A close up shot of Caesar Pasta Salad in a white bowl surrounded by the salad ingredients.

What is Worcestershire, why is it in Caesar Dressing?

Hard to pronounce, easy to love. 

Worcestershire is a wonder sauce. It’s more than a sauce or condiment, it’s a flavours enhancer. 

It’s a fermented product made of onion, molasses, sugar, tamarind, anchovies, and garlic. 

Think of it as a sweet, salty, tangy and almost sour vinegar. It’s great for adding richness and umami to a ton of different dishes, if you didn’t add it to your dressing, it just wouldn’t it be as good.

Making the best Homemade Croutons!

I’m a huge fan of crispy crunchy croutons, but not all croutons are made the same. 

For me, I don’t want a crouton that’s so toasted it’s almost dry, like the ones you buy from the grocery store. 

I want mine to still have a bit of chew and softness. I want them to soak up a bit of the dressing. 

The key is to rip, not cut. When you pull apart a fresh loaf of sourdough for croutons, they get all these little nooks and crannies that when fried, turns all lacy and golden brown. 

Start by ripping up your bread.

Place a large frying pan over medium heat and add in a few tablespoons of olive oil. 

Once heated, add in the torn bread and let it fry until golden brown. They shouldn’t be crunchy all the way through, remember we want some chew. 

Pop it out of the pan and let it drain on a few sheets of paper towel and season with a few pinches of kosher salt. 

A close up shot of Caesar Pasta Salad in a white bowl surrounded by the salad ingredients.

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Thai Mango Salad

Caesar Pasta Salad

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 head Romaine Lettuce chopped
  • 3 cups Bow Tie Pasta cooked
  • 6 dtrips Bacon fried and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups Bread torn
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Shaved Parmesan

For the Dressing

  • 1/2 cup Light Mayo
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Galic Cloves minced
  • 1/2 Lemon juiced
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Capers chopped
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 pinch Kosher Salt

Instructions
 

  • Start by ripping up your bread.Place a large frying pan over medium heat and add in a few tablespoons of olive oil. Once heated, add in the torn bread and let it fry until golden brown. Pop it out of the pan and let it drain on a few sheets of paper towel and season with a few pinches of kosher salt.
  • Into a large salad bowl, add chopped romaine, cooked bow tie pasta, crispy bacon, toasted croutons and shaved parm.
  • Into a bowl, add mayo, dijon, garlic, lemon juice, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, chopped capers, grated Parmesan. Mix and season with a pinch of kosher sauce.
  • Pour your sauce over the salad and toss well. Garnish your salad with more shaved Parmesan and black pepper.
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