Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad {plus a HUGE giveaway!}

A healthier way to make the classic caesar salad!  Fresh romaine tossed with chicken, cherry tomatoes, shredded parmesan cheese, croutons and a vegetable pasta adds a fun new texture!


Did you make resolutions for the New Year?  I got a head start on my goal of eating better and losing the last few pounds of baby weight.  I was tired of eating all of the holiday treats and I wanted to feel better about myself.  It was tough giving up some of the Christmas treats but getting results has definitely been worth it.  Making a goal to eat better doesn’t mean that you have to eat salads all of the time and drink water.  It should be a lifestyle change.  Something that is achievable and isn’t too hard and lofty.  A huge portion of our population takes on over-reaching and generally unachievable goals.  Did you know that 90% of people give up their resolutions well before the year has started?

I am working with Kroger this month and with the help of Kroger® Brand products, you can achieve your healthier eating goals by making it simple and attainable to reach them.   Instead of making eating goals that are too hard to achieve, you can simply swap out a product with something that is better for you.  By doing this you can create little victories and achieve your better eating goals throughout the year!


This month I have already been posting recipes like this Skinny Texas Sheet Cake or Baked Cream Cheese Taquitos  that I have made swaps for healthier ingredients.  It is so easy and cuts the calories down significantly!  And you don’t have to compromise on taste either.   Ground Turkey meat, applesauce, greek yogurt, whole wheat flour, quinoa, and wheat pasta, are just a few examples of some swaps that can be made in every day recipes.


Chicken Caesar Salads are my all time favorite.  They are just full of such great flavor and I especially love the dressing.  I wanted to create a salad that I could still eat while I was trying to eat healthier by making simple swaps and creating little victories for myself.

The Kroger® Vegetable Rotini was the star of the salad!  By making that simple swap, I now had a pasta that was enriched with vegetables!  It added such amazing texture to this salad and made it so delicious with the added romaine.  Since my kids aren’t big on eating salads but love pasta, I was able to sneak in both the vegetable pasta and the romaine lettuce!  It turned an ordinary caesar salad into a hearty and delicious salad.  
By making simple swaps for this salad like lite caesar salad dressing, a blend of whole wheat croutons, and adding vegetable pasta, I had now created a delicious salad that wasn’t compromised on taste or flavor.

I love Kroger® products and shop at my local Smith’s down the street.  With Kroger products you are getting quality foods and saving money.  They are such a great brand and I stand behind them 100%.  They have been so generous to provide you with a HUGE giveaway and one lucky winner will win:

$1000 Kroger Gift Card
$500 in kitchen products, including
*$250 KitchenAid Mixer
*$50 Magic Bullet
*$200 in cookware (pots & pans, etc)

and 2 runner ups will each win a $500 Kroger Gift Card!  Woot woot!  Just enter through the rafflecopter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
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A healthier way to make the classic caesar salad! Fresh romaine tossed with chicken, cherry tomatoes, shredded parmesan cheese, croutons and a vegetable pasta adds a fun new texture!
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 (10 oz) Bag Kroger® Leafy Romaine
  • 1 (12 oz) Kroger® Vegetable Rotini Pasta
  • 2 cups chicken, cooked and chopped
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup Kroger® Shredded Parmesan
  • 1 cup Kroger® lite creamy caesar dressing
  • 1 cup whole wheat blend croutons (or any will work)
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add Romaine lettuce, pasta, chicken, cherry tomatoes, shredded parmesan, caesar dressing and croutons. Toss until all ingredients are coated well in the dressing. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

I am working with Kroger on this Little Victories campaign, and this post has been sponsored. I’m so glad to be able to work with companies and organizations that I support 100%. Thank you for supporting them, too.


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I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. What an amazing give-away. Good luck to everyone!

  2. My little victory today is that I put on make up! As a work from home mom I often spend half may day in pajamas and just throw some clothes on and my hair in a pony tail before my husband gets home from work. I actually got ready already today and can’t wait to look cute for my hubby when he gets home!
    Also this looks delicious! I love chicken Caesar pasta salad!

    • I totally agree about being ready with dinner when my husband gets home. I tried it yesterday and he was happy as can be when he stepped through the door. Too often the food is just getting put on the stove, but this recipe is easy enough to pull off any evening. This would be a great dinner to try on a busy day!

  3. My little victory will be coming this evening! I will be hosting my first dinner party as a newlywed! I have found inspiration through your recipes and can’t wait to share a few delicious bites with our friends!

  4. Shoveling the snow was my victory this morning! I hate shoveling!!

  5. My little victory today was getting my picky eater to eat carrots!

  6. My little victory today is finally crossing something off my to do list that has been on the list for weeks! I love salad and this looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it!

  7. My victory is making it to work through this freezing weather!

  8. Christina M says:

    My little victory for today is getting a vanilla latte at Starbucks this morning before work! It’s a treat I look forward to every other week and I wouldn’t trade it for the world! Sensible indulgences are so important!

  9. KimberlyD says:

    I had a major victory, when my car went into the ditch, I wasn’t hurt and my car wasn’t damaged.

  10. Looks like a yummy recipe!
    My little victory today was doing my workout even though it was hard.
    And keeping cheerful for my three children, all under three years old, even though I felt crummy.
    I’m really happy now, though!

  11. what a simple but delicious recipe! i’ll have to try it!

  12. My little victory today was getting through my bone scan. When you have osteoporosis, these are no fun!

  13. My little victory today was making it another day closer to meeting my baby…only 9 more days until the due date!!

  14. My little victory today was making beans with ham in my crockpot, so my husband could eat when he returned from work. He says it was good 🙂 I can’t wait to try the posted recipe, looks good!

  15. my little victory i sorted a got rid of some old junk. i am well on my way to getting organized this year.

  16. Melissa B says:

    My victory for today was getting up early and riding the bike for five miles!

  17. I love chicken and ceasar salad, sounds like a great combo for me.

  18. Love your blog! My little victory – 3rd night of below freezing temps and the pipes didn’t freeze! (Oh, wait – that’s actually sort of a big victory!)

  19. Margie Green says:

    My victory was being able to spend quiet time reading and praying BEFORE I got out of bed this morning.

  20. My little victory was finding your website to get ideas on how to substitute heathier ingredients for my family! Thank you!

  21. Michelle B says:

    This salad looks absolutely amazing!!

  22. JENNIFER R says:

    My little victory today was getting my son to sit down and eat breakfast.
    This recipe looks yummy. I’m excited to try it

  23. The victory for today… the laundry mound was successfully tackled! With a faulty front-loader washer (#MAYTAG) that is a piece of junk and errors out continually… I feel thankful that my laundry is completed and we can begin the week with clean clothes! 🙂
    The chicken caesar salad looks DELISH!
    Thanks for a chance to win!!

  24. My victory for the day is finally catching up on all laundry!

  25. Shandi Lund says:

    My little victory today was getting all the dishes done and my house cleaned during my toddlers nap time. Woot Woot!!!

  26. This sounds like a delicious twist on a pasta and ceasar salad. I’m going to bookmark this one, thanks!

  27. Robbin Stevenson says:

    My victory today was doing 30 minutes of exercise.

  28. I shop at Kroger. A great give away.

  29. This is simple and super easy and yet sounds super delicious!! Can’t wait to do this!

  30. My victory today… speed-walked 2 miles!

  31. My little victory is baking a little healthier.

  32. My little victory today is that I started oil pulling. I have problems with getting a lot of cavities and I heard this helped so I decided to try it. I kept putting it off because I could not stand of that thought of all the oil in my mouth, but today I did it. Not that bad. 😀
    By the way, this recipe looks REALLY good.

  33. Susannah K. says:

    My little triumph of the day is losing two pounds today. YAY! ☻

  34. My little victory is making shredded BBQ pork & from-scratch dinner rolls for lunch.

  35. My little victory for today is starting my new food blog! 🙂 SO excited!

  36. Looks great!

  37. My victory today was starting to log my calories in an app to get on the track to being healthy!

  38. Katie Downey says:

    My little victory this morning was getting a 40 minute workout in before I got the kids up to get ready for school. I’m hoping that since I did it on a Monday, I can get it in a couple more mornings this week. And….I made steel cut oats and managed to make them taste good enough that the kids at them for breakfast too!

  39. Rafia Awais says:

    My little victory is that me and my husband have made a promise to each other about shedding those extra pounds and start eating healthy from today. 🙂

  40. My little victory today was finally registering for classes!

  41. Pam obrien says:

    My victory for the day was finding this website last week. I have already tried two recipes and my family loved them. My big victory is my family. This is our year.

  42. My victory today was a full fridge of healthy food!

  43. Heather B says:

    My little victory for today was a big victory. I decided to go back to nursing school and enrolled in classes that start in May!

  44. These look like great new healthy recipes to jumpstart healthy eating in 2015!

  45. My victory today was getting up at 5am to go to gym class. oh, and having a plan for supper tonight – beef and spinach over rice with fresh tomatoes.

  46. My little victory was finally getting to school perfectly on time today, and everyday this week! It gets super difficult and stressful waking up at 6 and commuting for an 8am class..

  47. Is your recipe written correctly? The only ingredients listed are 2 bags of lettuce.

  48. My little victory is yesterday, I moved a ton of empty cardboard boxes out of my basement, and found something I was looking for behind all that trash! Now its going to mulch my garden. The basement is a process and there is still much to do, but I’m taking it in stages, and I made progress. And I made the Olive Garden CopyCat Zuppa Toscana – thanks for the recipe!

  49. Melissa Gilbert says:

    My little victory for today is I made some healthy freezer meals and snacks for the week! Love the salad receipes will make few this week.

  50. This looks amazing. And relatively healthy.

  51. My little victory will be making dinner in my brand new crockpot for the first time today. I’m making your Slow Cooker Lemon Pepper Chicken. 🙂

  52. Deb Harris says:

    My little victory is finding healthier meals on your site & going back to things I used to make healthy when my kids were young, adding lots of salads & vegetables to dinner. Adding fruits to breakfast & lunch. I’ve had a hard time making good healthy meals the last 6 months & esp the past 2 months due to flare up of chronic illness, bronchitis, pneumonia then this terrible flu going around. Eating healthy would help but had no appetite or energy. My husband helped but too much frozen & prepared food! Now to keep it up & make it a big victory.

  53. My little victory is that I have been using the crockpot recipes to serve my husband some great easy meals.

  54. Lora Anne M says:

    I made a hot breakfast this morning instead of oatmeal and fruit. And I cooked supper tonight when we could have easily eaten out instead.

  55. Kristie Y. says:

    My little victory is getting up out of bed with a smile on my face.

  56. Hi Alyssa! I’m not sure if it’s just my/my laptop/or what, but the only ingredients listed for the Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad were:

    1 (10 oz) Bag Kroger® Leafy Romaine
    1 (10 oz) Bag Kroger® Leafy Romaine

    Help! Many thanks 🙂

  57. My little victory was making a new recipe and recieving lots of ” that was good mom! Thanks!”

  58. So I’m not much of a chef and I don’t know how I should cook the chicken. How did you cook it, just in a pan with some oil? Thanks! I’m looking forward to trying this, especially since I am salivating over the food photos right now!

    • Yes you can do that… or you can even buy in the packaged meat section Tyson Grilled Chicken strips! It makes it easy to just throw them in. 🙂

  59. My day was made better by reading all the wonderful uplifting positive comments above. I too am a huge Kroger customer (Frys where I live). I have made many recipes from your site and loved them all – including this one. Thanks so much.

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