This hearty salad is a delicious meal that will fill any tummy! Serve as a main course and everyone will be pleased! Has pleased my friends and family time and time again!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Salad:
Dressing:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook orzo in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 10 to 11 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.

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  • Mix orzo, spinach, chicken, tomatoes, pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, and capers in a large bowl.

  • Whisk balsamic vinegar, olive oil, sugar, parsley, basil, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper together in a bowl; drizzle over salad. Toss to coat. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over salad.

Nutrition Facts

488 calories; protein 27g 54% DV; carbohydrates 54.4g 18% DV; fat 19.1g 29% DV; cholesterol 41.6mg 14% DV; sodium 529.9mg 21% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2014
I used arugula rather than spinach (I had everything else on hand) and that was the only major change I made. The olive oil I used was lemon olive oil and I used leftover beer butt chicken rather than grilled. I toasted the pine nuts (put them in a pan on stovetop in low heat until barely browned). We thought this was delicious. The only thing I would worry about would be that there wasn't enough of that wonderful dressing. I'm not sure because I made such a small batch and we didn't even eat all of that but I would want a little more dressing than it called for so maybe a recipe and a half of that? It'd be good on any other salad so that would work for me! Thanks for a great salad EMILIEWASMYEVE! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2014
I used arugula rather than spinach (I had everything else on hand) and that was the only major change I made. The olive oil I used was lemon olive oil and I used leftover beer butt chicken rather than grilled. I toasted the pine nuts (put them in a pan on stovetop in low heat until barely browned). We thought this was delicious. The only thing I would worry about would be that there wasn't enough of that wonderful dressing. I'm not sure because I made such a small batch and we didn't even eat all of that but I would want a little more dressing than it called for so maybe a recipe and a half of that? It'd be good on any other salad so that would work for me! Thanks for a great salad EMILIEWASMYEVE! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/02/2014
This was the perfect recipe to use up a few things in the fridge. I used more pasta and less spinach left out the chicken and made only half the dressing. Very Good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/17/2016
Great dinner salad used half the dressing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/22/2014
Made as written except I didn't add the pine nuts. The dressing is very good although I was the only one who used it. The rest of the gang ate this without. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2016
I made this almost exactly as written and my family and myself loved it. The only thing I left out was the sugar to to diabetes. Great recipe that keeps well as leftovers. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2020
This is a delicious and filling meal. I used spring mix instead of baby spinach (because I had it available) and I toasted the pine nuts as another reviewer suggested. I served the dressing on the side, which I think worked out well because the orzo really absorbs the dressing and that could potentially overwhelm the balance of flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2020
This is so good. I’ve made it about five times now. I did omit/substitute a few things. I omitted the chicken, capers, and Roma tomatoes. I substituted arugula for spinach, garlic powder for crushed garlic, and feta cheese for Parmesan. I also added chopped black olives. Yum!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2018
I have made this a dozen times and everyone always loves it and asks for the recipe. I use farfalle instead of orzo and I leave out the chicken because I typically serve it as a side dish to some other protein. Tastes best when made the night before really let s the dressing sink in! Best pasta salad ever! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2015
Wow a delicious salad! I thought the amount of balsamic vinegar would make the dressing too strong but I added it to taste and the favors were just right. I ate this for 3 days straight! Read More