Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad {plus a HUGE giveaway!}

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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!

Chicken caesar pasta salad in a white serving dish.

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!

little victories Cesar salad ingredients collage

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 salad in a white serving bowl garnished with tomatoes and cheese.

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.
chickencaesarsalad4By 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!

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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.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 8 Servings


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!

Course Salad
Cuisine Italian American
Keyword chicken caesar pasta salad, chicken pasta salad, pasta salad recipes


  • 1 bag Kroger® Leafy Romaine 10 oz
  • 1 package Kroger® Vegetable Rotini Pasta 12 oz
  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 8

Calories477kcal (24%)Carbohydrates49g (16%)Protein16g (32%)Fat24g (37%)Saturated Fat6g (30%)Cholesterol33mg (11%)Sodium592mg (25%)Potassium309mg (9%)Fiber3g (12%)Sugar4g (4%)Vitamin A437IU (9%)Vitamin C14mg (17%)Calcium175mg (18%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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Alyssa Rivers

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. 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. 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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!

    1. 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. 🙂

  6. 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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