I just threw some really fun baby showers for my friend Suz and my sis-in-law Carrie. We served the same food at both showers and people just ooooo’d and aaaaaah’d over the food. The best part about it was that is was SUPER easy.

I got the idea from Pizza/Pasta Factory’s Chicken Caesar Salad because I LOVE IT so much. To make your own version all you need is:

Rotisserie chicken {cut off the meat and cube it, but do it while it is still warm or the meat will be harder to get off the chicken}, grape tomatoes, bowtie pasta {cooked and drained}, sliced mushrooms, romaine lettuce {I buy the 5 pack at Costco for around $3.50 and chop it}, grated parmesan cheese, croutons, and Brianna’s Asiago Caesar Dressing. My friend Jo tipped me off about the dressing, and it is to. die. for. delicious. It totally makes the salad in my opinion.


Just throw a little of it all onto a plate and dive in.    baby-shower-food

Just looking at the picture of my salad makes me want to eat this tomorrow.


And it is super duper easy to serve because almost everything can be prepared ahead of time!

Chicken-Caesar-Salad-with-pasta YUMMY SALAD!


This is what the dressing looks like {for future reference}.


Plus I served the easy breadsticks that I already posted about a few weeks ago too. Ummmm, I’m telling ya peeps, you should make the breadsticks. I whipped up three pans with my Bosch mixer in less than about 30 minutes {not including rising time}. If you don’t have a Bosch, I promise you won’t regret it if you buy one. I use mine to make whole wheat bread ALL THE TIME.   delicious breadstick recipe

My friends and family LOVED the food, and I was so proud of myself. I am LOVING cooking lately, and by the end of the weekend, my Sister-in-law Aubrey {who we call Martha because she is such a good cook} started calling me Betty {like Betty Crocker}. It was a proud moment.

Oh, and for dessert, we had these amazing brownies!


I hope you had an amazing weekend! I am teaching a class at SNAP {a blog conference in Salt Lake City this weekend} so this week is a pretty crazy week for me. If you will be at SNAP, I would love to meet you!


  1. says

    Yumm, i love pasta salads.
    that brownie looks like it’s hitting all the right notes! rich, melty chocolate with a nice crisp crust on top!

  2. Trinamick says

    Looks delish!!! I have to say that I am loving the new look too!! I normally stalk you without commenting, but I just need to say thanks for all the great ideas !

  3. Annie says

    Made the pasta salad this past weekend and got rave reviews and requests for the recipe! The Brianna dressing definitely made it! The one change I made was I substituted marinated artichoke hearts for the mushrooms (because I’m not a fan of mushrooms and I’m in love with artichoke hearts). Thank you for the recipe!

    • Brooke says

      I’m so glad you liked it! It’s a go to salad recipe around here. I can’t get enough, and people always love it! Thanks for your cute comment!

  4. Lisa says

    I love this salad! I’ve always bought my dressing from Pasta Factory to make this, I’ll have to try Briannas as I love all the other flavors.

  5. Michelle says

    My meat loving husband was not thrilled when this was put on the dinner menu, but he LOVED it. We all did. We’re still talking about it a week later. I think it would also make for a perfect picnic food. Thank you for the recipe!


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