Celery And Apple Pasta Salad With Light Caesar Dressing

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If you are a baseball mom, you know the struggle of getting dinner on the table on practice nights and game days. It’s not unusual to spend several hours an evening or an entire Saturday at the baseball diamond. Sometimes, it just seems easier to grab a quick bite at the concession stand than to prepare a meal at home. But feeding a family at the concession stand gets costly. And even more frustrating are the limited, if any, choices that include fruits and veggies.

We understand the struggle! We are baseball moms just like you. We taxi our kids back and forth to practice, run from diamond to diamond to cheer on each child, and go home to scrub grass stains from uniforms. It was on one of those exhausting evenings that we first thought, there has to be a better way! A better way to feed our families than with concession stand junk that doesn’t take a ton of time or energy.

Celery And Apple Pasta Salad With Light Caesar Dressing

That’s how we came to develop this recipe for Celery and Apple Pasta Salad with Light Caesar Dressing. It only takes 20 minutes to prepare, it’s full of fresh produce, and it’s loved by adults and children alike! The apples, celery, and walnuts give this salad plenty of crunch. The homemade dressing is light and creamy. Make this pasta salad the night before or morning of a busy day. It packs up easily in a cooler so you can take it to the ballpark with you on those days when it’s just impossible to sit down at the dinner table.

what you need to make Celery and Apple Pasta Salad with Light Caesar Dressing:

Salad Ingredients:

Celery And Apple Pasta Salad With Light Caesar Dressing - ingredients

Salad ingredients include penne pasta, gala apples, Dandy® Snack Celery Sticks, rotisserie chicken, lemon juice, walnuts, and white cheddar cheese.

Salad Dressing Ingredients:

Homemade Light Caesar Dressing Recipe

Salad dressing ingredients include nonfat plain yogurt, dijon mustard, garlic, water, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

Topping Ingredients:

Recipe: Celery And Apple Pasta Salad With Light Caesar Dressing

Salad toppings include parsley and fresh sweet baby lettuce blend.

How to make Celery And Apple Pasta Salad With Light Caesar Dressing

Start by cooking the penne pasta according to the directions on the package. While the pasta is cooking, prep your other ingredients. Save time by buying walnuts that are already chopped and Dandy® Celery Sticks that are already washed and ready to eat.

Once your salad ingredients are prepped and your dressing made, stir to combine in a large bowl. When you’re ready to serve, place the salad on a bed of fresh sweet baby lettuce blend and garnish with parsley.

Recipe: Celery And Apple Pasta Salad With Light Caesar Dressing

5 from 1 vote

Celery And Apple Pasta Salad With Light Caesar Dressing

This Celery and Apple Pasta salad is a great entrée to take along on a family picnic, backyard bbq or pool side!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Servings4 people


Salad Ingredients

  • 2 cups penne pasta uncooked
  • 1-2 gala apples washed and cut into cubes (leave skin on)
  • 8 celery stalks thinly sliced (we recommend Dandy® Snack Celery Sticks)
  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 lemon juice only
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1 cup white cheddar cheese shredded

Salad Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt nonfat
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp water add more for a thinner consistency
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese grated
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • parsley for garnish
  • 4 cups sweet baby lettuce blend


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Let pasta cool.
  • Chop produce and walnuts, add pulled rotisserie chicken, lemon juice, and combine to cooked pasta.
  • Mix all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and add to pasta mixture.
  • Place on top of lettuce and sprinkle with parsley and white cheddar cheese.


Can substitute walnuts for nut variety. 
Dandy® Snack Celery Sticks are naturally sweeter and crispier. It's the celery we recommend for this pasta salad. 


Calories: 793kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 65g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 894mg | Potassium: 826mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 17896IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 386mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Dishes, Salads
Cuisine: American
Calories: 793
Keyword: Celery and Apple Pasta Salad
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As you’re packing up the Celery and Apple Pasta Salad in your cooler, be sure to throw in the remaining Dandy® Celery Sticks for an extra treat to enjoy in the stands. We love Dandy® Celery because it’s naturally sweeter and crispier than other celery and it has less strings! And of course we love their new baseball-themed packaging! Dandy® Celery grows on family farms right here in the United States. An All-American snack for America’s favorite pastime!

Recipe: Celery And Apple Pasta Salad With Light Caesar Dressing


We’ll be sharing more easy ballpark meals throughout the summer so be sure to stay tuned! 

If you need some fun, easy, and nutritious team snack ideas, click here.

About Lori

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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