Chicken Florentine Salad with Orzo Pasta


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!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
8 servings



  • 2 cups orzo pasta

  • 2 (10 ounce) packages baby spinach

  • 3 cups chopped grilled chicken

  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced

  • ½ cup pine nuts

  • ¼ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes

  • 2 tablespoons capers, or to taste (Optional)


  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar

  • cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley

  • 2 teaspoons dried basil

  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste


  1. 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.

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

  3. 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 (per serving)

488 Calories
19g Fat
54g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 488
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 530mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 24mg 119%
Calcium 145mg 11%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 764mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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