This colorful orzo and chicken main dish salad is packed with an assortment of chopped fresh vegetables and tossed with a tangy lemon dressing. It's a great use for leftover or rotisserie chicken.
3/4 cup uncooked orzo
1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon honey
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast
1/2 cup diced English cucumber
1/2 cup prechopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese
How to Make It
Cook orzo according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain and place in a large bowl.
While orzo cooks, combine lemon rind and next 6 ingredients (through black pepper), stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle juice mixture over orzo; toss to coat. Add chicken and next 4 ingredients (through dill); toss gently to combine. Sprinkle with cheese.
I was so excited for this, but I just didn't love it. I love dill, but this was all dill and nothing else. It was just missing something. For those who said it wasn't very filling, It is only 275 calories per serving, which is not really a 'meal' for most people. I made it 3 servings at 367 calories each, which I found to be a light and satisfying lunch.
I made this for supper tonight, followed the recipe to the "T" and it was perfect! I omitted the chicken and partnered it up with ranch oven baked chicken. The portion is perfect and have enough left over for two for lunch tomorrow!
I agree with the other reviewers that this is a very tasty salad. However, as one other person put it, it is not very filling. It doesn't work as a main dish. It was supposed to serve four people and two of us ate almost all of it in one sitting.
Loved this recipe...so good! Very easy to make. I had a baked whole chicken left over from the night before in the refrigerator so having that cold and ready, it made making this very easy and quick. I will definitely make this again. .