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Apples and Celery Pasta Salad with Light Caesar Dressing – Penne Pasta tossed with Gala apples, celery, walnuts and a lightened-up, homemade Caesar Dressing. The textures and flavors make this salad absolutely irresistible!

Apples and Celery Pasta Salad with Light Caesar Dressing - Penne Pasta tossed with Gala apples, celery, walnuts and a lightened-up, homemade Caesar Dressing. The textures and flavors make this salad absolutely irresistible!

That one time I put [homemade!! lightened-up!!] Caesar Dressing on all the food I ate.

Hello, YOU! What’s going on? Still getting over the Seahawks? (Superbowl 2015) Have a cupcake; that’s the cure.

This recipe was originally published on February 4th, 2015. Updated with new photos and fresh content on June 18, 2017.

I need to come clean… I cannot stop singing Missy Elliott’s Get UR Freak ON! It’s been stuck in my head since Sunday night and it just won’t leave!

Apples and Celery Pasta Salad with Light Caesar Dressing - Penne Pasta tossed with Gala apples, celery, walnuts and a lightened-up, homemade Caesar Dressing. The textures and flavors make this salad absolutely irresistible!

Hunny, I must say that I FUH-LIPPED as soon as I heard that iconic Missy Elliott sound!  My heart literally skipped a beat. YOU, TOO? Wasn’t that awesome? I forgot to mention all this on Monday because I was still in shock!  tuhn-tuhn-tuhn-tuhnahnahnahn! get-your-freak-ahn-get-your-freak-ahn! 

Then I was hoping for New Kids On The Block to pop-out of somewhere, too! THAT would have been the best-est-est show on Earth!

I know I know… Salad!

p.s. my current fave  Salmon Cobb Salad 

Apples and Celery Pasta Salad with Light Caesar Dressing - Penne Pasta tossed with Gala apples, celery, walnuts and a lightened-up, homemade Caesar Dressing. The textures and flavors make this salad absolutely irresistible!

I made you something really good, kind of familiar, but kind of not. Think Grandma’s crunchy, mayo-creamy macaroni salad, however this ONE is not IT.

BUT.I.AM.IN.LOVE. This my was my lunch 3 days in a row! Swear it was. Cross my heart.

Apples and Celery Pasta Salad with Light Caesar Dressing - Penne Pasta tossed with Gala apples, celery, walnuts and a lightened-up, homemade Caesar Dressing. The textures and flavors make this salad absolutely irresistible!

I’d just like to say I’m sorry for not posting enough salad recipes. I make some mean ones, too! Mean, as in damn good!

Apples and Celery Pasta Salad with Light Caesar Dressing - Penne Pasta tossed with Gala apples, celery, walnuts and a lightened-up, homemade Caesar Dressing. The textures and flavors make this salad absolutely irresistible!

If you’d believe it, I eat a salad every.single.day. And because I am always starving, that salad-of-the-day is literally as big as my head and inhaled in about point-2 seconds. Then that salad is followed up by a granola bar, a small container of yogurt, and 3 m&m’s.

Let’s not mention the White Chocolate Chunk Cookies, m’kay?

Apples and Celery Pasta Salad with Light Caesar Dressing - Penne Pasta tossed with Gala apples, celery, walnuts and a lightened-up, homemade Caesar Dressing. The textures and flavors make this salad absolutely irresistible!

So I bought this plastic container filled with baby sweet lettuce and in my attempt to use it all up, I tossed it with some apples and celery just to see what it would do. A quick taste-test told me to reach for the Caesar Dressing, so I did. On the other hand, everything tells me to reach over for that dressing…

A taste-test here, a taste-test there, penne pasta ended up in the mix, walnuts, too, and of course, cheeeeeese! White cheddar, to be exact.

Apples and Celery Pasta Salad with Light Caesar Dressing - Penne Pasta tossed with Gala apples, celery, walnuts and a lightened-up, homemade Caesar Dressing. The textures and flavors make this salad absolutely irresistible!

Gosh golly. This salad is pretty loaded, ha? Just make it. I promise you’ll love it!

ENJOY!

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Apples and Celery Pasta Salad with Light Caesar Dressing - Penne Pasta tossed with Gala apples, celery, walnuts and a lightened-up, homemade Caesar Dressing. The textures and flavors make this salad absolutely irresistible!
Apples and Celery Pasta Salad with Light Caesar Dressing
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Penne Pasta tossed with Gala apples, celery, walnuts and a lightened-up, homemade Caesar Dressing.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade caesar dressing recipe, pasta salad recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 192 kcal
Author: Katerina Petrovska
Ingredients
FOR THE SALAD
  • 2 cups low carb penne pasta , uncooked
  • 1 to 2 Gala Apples , washed and cut into cubes (leave the skins on)
  • 3 celery stalks , thinly sliced
  • lemon juice of 1 whole lemon
  • 4 cups fresh sweet baby lattuce blend (you can also use about 2 to 3 romaine hearts, chopped)
  • 1/2- cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
FOR THE LIGHT CEASAR SALAD DRESSING
  • 1/2- cup NonFat Plain Yogurt (I use Dannon)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon water (add 1 more tablespoon for a thinner consistency)
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to the directions on the box.
  2. Drain pasta and let stand under cold running water until completely cooled. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine chopped apples and celery; add lemon juice and toss to combine. Set aside.
  4. Arrange lettuce on a large serving plate or a large salad bowl.
  5. If wet, pat dry the penne pasta and add it to the salad.
  6. Top with apple-mixture, walnuts and cheese. Set aside.
  7. Prepare the dressing by combining all ingredients in a blender.
  8. Blend until creamy and smooth.
  9. Drizzle over salad.
  10. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  11. Serve.
Recipe Notes

This salad can be served as a main, a side, a delicious lunch, an appetizer, or bring it to a potluck!

WW SMART POINTS: 5 (based on 8 servings)

Nutrition Facts
Apples and Celery Pasta Salad with Light Caesar Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 93
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.3g 16%
Saturated Fat 3.3g 17%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.6g
Cholesterol 14.1mg 5%
Sodium 236.5mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4.2g 17%
Sugars 6g
Protein 14g 28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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26 Responses
  1. Maria

    I was looking for a recipe to use leftover celery and I have to say this salad is amazing! The only thing I added was just a tiny bit od mayo to the dressing ;).

  2. Yum!! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Unexpected potluck today! So I was looking for a quick pasta salad to throw together with stuff I had on hand already and this fit the bill! Made a few variations. I used granny smith apples instead, because that’s what I had. I am allergic to walnuts, so didn’t have/use any of those. I added raisins. And used shredded Mexican style cheese (I swear I use that on almost everything…love it) and a Caesar vinaigrette that I had on the shelf. So good!!

  3. I think people here are still trying to get over the Seahawks 😉 ~ Love your salad, that sounds so, so, so good . Everything I love – really I am not making this up – in it now I just have to find a ready to go caesar dressing my ladies can eat.

  4. I loved that halftime show, though was hoping for a little more Lenny than what we got. Now, this salad…um, I could eat this all day, everyday. Crunch, flavor, Caesar dressing…it has it all!

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