Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Total Time
20 Mins
4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/4 cups)

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook orzo according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain and place in a large bowl.

Step 2

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.

Ratings & Reviews

Love this summer salad meal!

August 11, 2015
i added one can each drained and rinsed black beans and garbanzo beans & 1 cup corn and doubled dressing to insure it was moist the following day. We make this every other week and love it!


October 11, 2015
Simple and tasty and a great use of summer produce. I did think it was a tiny bit dry - might make more dressing if I try this again.

Good, but missing something.

July 06, 2015
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.

Perfect Summer Side Dish!

June 02, 2015
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!

Four stars

May 08, 2015
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. 

Lemony Orzo-Veggie Chicken Salad

May 01, 2015
Loved this 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. . 

missbluesky's Review

May 02, 2014
I just made this and it's really tasty! It took a little more time than I like for making a salad but I guess that's because I baked a huge chicken breast myself. I added capers on top! Yum.

Megandig's Review

April 20, 2014
This is really simple to make and tastes fantastic! I've made it for picnics and gathering and everyone loves it!

hollyjoyjoyjoy's Review

April 12, 2014

cathilopez's Review

April 02, 2014
I made this tonight for the first time. My husband and I loved it!!! I made just a few changes~ I did not add any cheese or dill. The recipe was light and yummy. I will be making this again