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!

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!

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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 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!

    1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!)

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

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

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

  12. 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!!

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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. 🙂

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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..

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

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