Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Weekly Recipe: Chicken Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese

This dish is perfect for these warm summer days we've been having because it's light and refreshing and doesn't leave you feeling like you need to go take a nap.  It can easily be made a day ahead, which is always a bonus in my book.  It's also fairly interchangeable, as I substituted the arugula with fresh broccoli.  I also omitted the onions because I didn't want them to overpower the dish.  I hope you'll give this one a try!

Chicken Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese
adapted from Cooking Light

  • 1 1/4  cups  uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
  • 3  cups  chopped grilled chicken breast strips, about 2 breasts
  • 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli
  • 1  cup  grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2  cup  chopped red bell pepper
  • 2  tablespoons  chopped fresh basil
  • 1  teaspoon  chopped fresh dill
  • 3  tablespoons  red wine vinegar
  • 2  tablespoons  extravirgin olive oil
  • 1/8  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/8  teaspoon  black pepper
  • 6  tablespoons  (1 1/2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese


1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain well.
2. Combine pasta, chicken, and the next 5 ingredients (through dill) in a large bowl; toss well.
3. Combine vinegar, oil, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle vinegar mixture over pasta mixture; toss well to coat. Sprinkle with cheese.


  1. yummy!! I seriously looked at the post and got so hungry!!! :)

  2. Ooohh that sounds delicious!!! I bet that goat cheese in there is heaven!!!! :D

  3. I love goat cheese! I usually just use it in salads...I mean the ones with lettuce. I'll have to remember this the next time we have a potluck at work.

  4. What a lovely recipe. This is my first visit to your blog. I planned to say hello and then move on. I, instead, began to read your earlier posts and stayed far longer than I planned. You have a wonderful family and I really like your recipes. I'll be back to visit as often as I can. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  5. yum this looks good. I think I might try it tonight!

  6. This looks amazing!! I am going to have to give it a try. Thanks for coming by my blog today. It is having technical difficulties and your comment is not showing up but I wanted you to know that I appreciate it and I love your blog!

  7. This sounds yummy! I've been craving more "light" things since the weather has warmed up but so often I just don't quite know what to fix! This will work :)

  8. I love goat cheese, love love love it! Can't wait to try this.

  9. Oh yum, this looks so fresh and delicious! And the pictures of Colin below are so adorable!