Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

pasta salad

Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Juice from 1 lemon
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
16 ounces pasta, cooked al dente (like bowtie, rotini, or penne)
2 to 4 cups, cooked and diced chicken
2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved or 2 cups diced and seeded tomatoes
1 yellow pepper, finely diced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Whisk together first 7 ingredients. Season with a little pepper. In a large bowl, toss together pasta with chicken, tomatoes, pepper, parsley and the dressing. Toss well to coat. Top with shredded Parmesan before serving.  Note: If making ahead and refrigerating salad, do a dressing check.   If mixture seems a bit dry add a little more fresh lemon juice and olive oil.

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