Layered Caesar Shrimp and Pasta Salad
¼ cup Creamy Caesar Dressing
¼ cup Mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pkg. (6 oz.) torn mixed salad greens, divided
2 cups medium pasta shells, cooked, cooled
1 large tomato, coarsely chopped
¾ cup seasoned croutons
2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
½ lb. frozen cooked cleaned medium shrimp, thawed
¼ cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Mix dressing, mayo and garlic.
Layer half the salad greens, pasta and tomatoes in 3-qt. bowl. Cover with layers of remaining greens, croutons, eggs, shrimp and cheese. Refrigerate dressing mixture and salad 1 hour.
Add dressing mixture to salad just before serving; mix lightly.
Pesto Pasta Salad
8 ounces, weight Short Fusilli Or Rotini (corkscrew) Pasta
1/3-1/2 cup Prepared Pesto
1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1/4 cup Milk, More For Thinning
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
1 head (large) Romaine Lettuce, Sliced Into 1-inch Pieces
1 cup Grape Tomatoes, Halved
2 cups cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, chunked
1/2 cup Black Or Kalamata Olives, Halved
4 ounces, weight Mozzarella Cheese, Cut Into Cubes
Extra Parmesan, For Sprinkling
Cook the pasta in salted water according to package instructions. Then drain it and rinse in cold water. Allow pasta to dry slightly, then toss in a bowl with 4 tablespoons pesto. (Add more if you want the pasta to be more coated.) Add Parmesan and toss. Cover and refrigerate pasta until cold.
Make the dressing by whisking together the mayonnaise, sour cream, and milk with the rest of the pesto. Add salt and pepper, then taste and adjust seasonings as needed. The dressing needs to be somewhat thin and pourable in order to coat the lettuce and pasta later. Set the dressing aside.
To assemble the salads, make a bed of lettuce in a large bowl, then add a generous layer of pesto-coated pasta. Add tomatoes, olives, and chunks of cheese. Spoon a good amount of dressing all over the top; it should be thin enough to seep down into the salad, not so thick it will stay on top of everything. Toss and salad, pasta, and dressing together to mix.
Sprinkle salads with a little extra Parmesan and serve!
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