Switch up your pasta salad situation with this recipe using crunchy warmed romaine lettuce and Caesar dressing over bowties, topped with a spicy blackened salmon.
Caesar Pasta Salad with Blackened Salmon
After you all loved my taco pasta salad, I knew I had to create another recipe with the same premise: 70% pasta and 30% lettuce for a true “pasta salad” meal.
Don’t knock the cooked romaine lettuce until you try it – once you start doing it, you won’t stop! I have loved pasta salads this summer, because they’re quick, easy, and pack a nutritional punch. Now that it’s September (what?!), I’ll have to transition to more cold weather pasta salads, so stay tuned!
If you’ve never tried Caesar dressing over bowties (or a similar pasta shape, like a rigatoni or bowtie), then your mind is about to be blown! The bowties are great, because there’s more surface area for the dressing to slather, so you get more flavor in every bite.
And this salmon – you’re going to want to bottle up this seasoning blend and save it, because it’s a nice and spicy one that can be used in so many ways. If you’re not a salmon (or seafood) person, you can use any protein you’d like – chicken would work very well here or a flank steak.
If you haven’t tried romaine lettuce in your pasta salad, let this be your inspiration!