Chicken Orzo Salad

This Will Please A Crowd!

Difficulty: Easy

Prep Time: 6+ hours

Cooking Time: 15 minutes


1 box orzo pasta

3 grilled chicken breast, (cooked) sliced thin

1 bag fresh baby spinach, ready to use.

1 red onion, sliced thin

1 container Campari tomatoes, halved or quartered

1/2 cup Pignoli nuts

2 cups Parmesan cheese shavings

1/2 cup capers

1 jar Marzetti Poppy Seed Salad dressing

1/2 cup sliced green onions

1/2 cup EVOO

zest of 1 lemon

juice of 1 lemon



Cooking Tools

Large pot

Large mixing bowl


Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to directions.  The last 5 minutes of cooking the pasta, add;  sliced red onions and drain. In a large mixing bowl, add; spinach and the drained hot pasta & onions on top of the spinach. Mix pasta and spinach until spinach starts to wilt from the heat.  Add and mix in salad dressing, lemon zest, lemon juice, EVOO, capers and pine nuts. Set aside until the pasta cools to room temperature. Add; chicken, tomatoes, green onions, Parmesan cheese shavings. Salt and pepper to taste.   Refrigerate about 6 hours + to overnight.

Serves 6-8

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