Caesar Chicken Noodle Salad

I have to confess.  Summer is not my favorite time of year to cook.  Phew…there I said it!  I always get the guilts when everyone starts gushing over grilling out and picnics and all their favorite summertime recipes.  Don’t get me wrong I like to cook in the summer just not as much as I do in other seasons.

After pondering why…why….WHY.  Why don’t I enjoy cooking in the summer?  I finally came to the conclusion that, well I came to several conclusions.  Here are a few:

~When you have a constant stream of kiddos through your kitchen from morning till night, at some point ya just want to shut-her down, and go out to eat.

~Winters can be long in Michigan, when the sand is warm and the waters of Lake Michigan or the pool at the Club are beckoning my family forth…..well I don’t argue with beckoning waters.  I take all of the beach and pool I can get.  Which means packing PBJ’s and watermelon in a cooler….that’s not really cooking is it?

~No schedule.  Our schedule is all thrown off and willy nilly in the summer months.  I need to plan ahead.  When we are on a regular school schedule planning meals is easier.

~The last and final reason is, I enjoy winter food more.  There I said it.  Comfort food.  Most of the foods I think of as comfort food are foods I want when it’s cold.  Soups, pasta, gravies, warm hot food you know what I mean?

Now don’t get me wrong I do cook for my family.  We are not starving over here.  It just seems to be monotonous.  Grilled meat, fresh veggie, salad.  GOOD GOLLY it’s so healthy!  Maybe that’s my problem…..there’s not enough buttah.

It definitely has to be something I can whip up fast.  Last night my oldest son had his first football game of his high school career.  He caught a couple passes, and made a touch down. Made his momma proud.  A few family members showed up to watch, so I had them over afterward for some sustenance, they had to recharge after all that cheering, clapping, and woot wooting.  I didn’t want to have to cook once we got back so I had everything cut up and ready for BLT’s, I also served this ever so easy Caesar Chicken Noodle Salad, and cut up a watermelon.  Voila!  Dinner was served.

So here it is my easy peasy Caesar Chicken Noodle Salad.

These cutey patootey corkscrew noodles are my favorite.  They look fun, and they hang on to sauces and pieces of vegetables.  I always have them in my pantry.

Grill up 3-4 chicken breasts.  You can bake them too.  Let them cool and then cut up into bite sized pieces.

Toast 1 2.5 ounce package of almonds (3/4 cup).  Lay almonds on a baking sheet, place in oven for approximately 4 minutes at 350 degrees, and there you have it…toasted almonds.  Toasting brings out the flavor of the nut, and makes them crunchier.  Crunchier is betterer.

Whip up your dressing.  One cup mayonnaise, 1 cup of your favorite bottled caesar dressing.  Give that a good whisking.

Be generous with the fresh cracked pepper.  Don’t have a pepper mill.  Don’t fret my friend…add 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper.  It’s all good.

Place noodles, 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper, 2 stalks celery chopped,  and 1/4-1/2 cup onion minced to a large bowl.  You need room to mix up your salad with out it flying out over the rim of the bowl, so get out your biggest bowl.

Parmesan cheese is a luverly thing….1 cup is what you will need, reserve 1-2 tablespoons for garnish.

Add dressing, cheese, almonds, and chicken to the bowl.

Give it a good mix, transfer to a prettier serving bowl if you like or just stand over your large bowl and eat right out of it like a heard of cattle.  I am never one to judge.



What season do you enjoy cooking in the most?

Well now I am off to the pool…Oh woe as me…..

Have a great weekend!




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  1. 1
    Sheila :

    For some odd reason my Printable Recipe thinga-a-ma-bobby isn’t working. But my girls are waiting to go to the pool. I’m so sorry I will work on this later. Hope you understand.

  2. 2
    Demetria :

    Oh, I can’t wait to try this one….looks so good, I could eat it for breakfast and in the summer!!!

  3. 3
    Kristen VanLaecke :

    Okay, family in town tonight…. Trying the new recipe 🙂

  4. 4
    jodi :

    YUMMY!! We love pasta over here in the summer and this would be great the night before a cross country meet. Eat Pasta-Run fasta! Can’t wait to try this Sheil!

  5. 5

    Yummy! Will have to try this salad….and I’m with ya. Can’t wait for fall cooking. The whole grilling and fruit salad thing is gettin’ old. Bring on the soups and the chilis!!
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    Hey Sweets! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new site. And this recipe? I’m SO wishing I had a big bowl of this right now. My house is being painted, so I’m trapped upstairs with my dogs ~ and I’m HUNGRY! 🙂 Luv to ya!
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    I also don’t like to cook during summer. Its actually because of the weather. Anyways, good thing you shared the recipe of caesar chicken noodle salad. I’ve been wanting to make that at home. Thanks for sharing!
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