Chicken Orzo Salad

March 10, 2017 by Jenny Melrose

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Chicken orzo salad makes a light and fresh meal. Filled with rotisserie chicken, vegetables, orzo and topped with a lemon vinaigrette dressing.

Chicken Orzo Salad

This chicken orzo salad make a light and fresh meal.

The weather is warming up and the flowers are starting to bloom. Spring time is just around the corner. Woohoo – bring on the sun!

Thinking about breaking out my warm weather clothing and eventually swim suit, makes me want to start eating a little lighter. I can’t hide behind my big sweaters any more. 🙂 This orzo salad is packed with fresh vegetables, chicken, orzo and a tasty lemon vinaigrette – not to bad on the waistline.

This is a satisfying meal on it’s own but is you left the chicken out, it also makes a wonderful side dish. The recipe calls for rotisserie chicken because it is just so darn easy but during the summer I like making this salad with grilled chicken or even shrimp.

You'll love how light and fresh this chicken orzo salad is!

This salad is really simple to put together. The hardest part is chopping the vegetables. I like to cut my veggies on the smaller side since the orzo is so small. A little crumbled goat or feta cheese also makes a delicious addition to this salad.

For the lemon vinaigrette, simply add white vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper to a bowl. Whisk it up until all of the ingredients are combined. Drizzle it over the salad and toss to coat.

This healthy chicken orzo salad makes the perfect lunch!

Lately I have been trying to do more meal planning and packing lunches for my husband. I like making a big batch of this salad at the beginning of the week. It makes enough for my husband and I to have it for several lunches. Keep the vinaigrette in a separate container and pour on when ready to eat the salad. Another great option for salad on the go is this mason jar pasta salad.

If you have a sweet tooth like me, be sure to try a slice of this apricot nectar cake or yum yum pie for dessert. Enjoy!


This healthy chicken orzo salad makes the perfect lunch!
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Chicken Orzo Salad

This healthy, fresh, and light chicken orzo salad makes the perfect lunch or dinner, especially when the weather is warming up outside!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 1 1/2` cup cooked orzo
  • 2-3 cup rotisserie chicken chopped
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced
  • 1 cup English cucumber chopped
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper


  1. Cook pasta according to package. Drain.

  2. Combine pasta, chicken, pepper, cucumber, onion, arugula and tomatoes.

  3. In a small bowl combine vinegar, oil, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir with a whisk.

  4. Pour vinaigrette over salad and toss to coat.

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  • Karen

    Amazing and superb dish. Thanks for sharing this blog.

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