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    Chicken and Orzo Salad

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    20 mins

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    JillAZ's Note:

    This is a delicious summer salad that was in our local paper food section this week. They give credit to Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast: Salad. Regardless, it is delicious! I used homemade pesto and only added half the baby spinach as it was plenty. I would probably cut the spinach into ribbons next time as it was a little awkward eating the whole leaves.

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    1. 1
      In the bowl in which you will serve the salad, whisk together the pesto, vinegar, salt and pepper. Gradually whisk in oil until smooth. Set aside.
    2. 2
      Bring a large pot of water to a boil Add 2 T. salt and the orzo. Cook, stirring occasionally until done. About 9 minutes. follow package directions.
    3. 3
      Drain, rinse under cold water and drain again.
    4. 4
      Add to bowl with vinaigrette and toss to coat.
    5. 5
      Add chicken, tomatoes and spinach leaves.
    6. 6
      Toss to combine and serve.
    7. 7
      Note: This says 4 servings but they are very generous servings.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 17, 2011


      This is a WOW recipe! It can be fixed so many ways. True to the Zaar tradition I "messed with it" a little. I used Mirj's sun dried tomatoes instead of fresh, chopped the spinach in the food processor used homemade spinach and basil pesto and sliced some kalamata olives to mix in also. I made it in the morning and chilled it until supper time and served it with some french bread and fresh fruit - it was delicious! This is a "doer again" as my husband says. Thanks, Carole in Orlando

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    • on December 27, 2008

      Excellent! I'll use a little less olive oil next time, but this is a repeat recipe. Don't skimp on the tomatoes, they are critical. Thank you!

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    Nutritional Facts for Chicken and Orzo Salad

    Serving Size: 1 (282 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 572.8
    Calories from Fat 157
    Total Fat 17.5 g
    Saturated Fat 3.2 g
    Cholesterol 65.6 mg
    Sodium 252.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 67.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.3 g
    Sugars 3.9 g
    Protein 34.7 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    pesto sauce

    white wine vinegar

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