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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!"
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40 m servings 488 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  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.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 488 calories; 19.1 g fat; 54.4 g carbohydrates; 27 g protein; 42 mg cholesterol; 530 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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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 ra...

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.

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 som...

Great dinner salad, used half the dressing.

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.

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!

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.