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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Ingredients

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

Salad:

Dressing:

Directions

  • 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.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

488 calories; 19.1 g total fat; 42 mg cholesterol; 530 mg sodium. 54.4 g carbohydrates; 27 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

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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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
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
(5)
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
(5)
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: 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
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: 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