Mediterranean Chicken And Orzo Salad

Mediterranean Chicken And Orzo Salad
Servings: 8 Prep 25 mins Cook 10 mins

Ingredients

Dressing:
  • 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
Salad:
  • 4 large sweet red peppers, halved lengthwise, cored and seeded
  • 1 pound orzo, cooked following package directions
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, each tomato halved
  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
  • 2 packages (5 ounces each) precooked Italian-flavored chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 pound feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

Make It

Dressing:

1. Whisk together vinegar, mustard, salt and black pepper in small bowl. While whisking, slowly drizzle in olive oil, continuing to whisk until the mixture is well blended and thick. Whisk in Italian seasoning. Cover; refrigerate until ready to use.

Salad:

2. Place peppers in glass microwave-safe dish. Add enough cold water to depth of about 1/8 inch (cook in batches if necessary). Cover dish tightly with plastic wrap. Microwave on 100 percent power for 6 minutes or until peppers are softened slightly but still somewhat firm. (Or simmer in water in small saucepan.) Remove peppers from dish. Let cool. Pat dry with paper towels.

3. Mix together the orzo, tomatoes, and olives in a large bowl. Stir in chicken and feta cheese. Pour on 3/4 cup of the dressing; gently fold together with a rubber spatula until all the ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing. Drizzle on the remaining dressing, if desired.

4. To serve, fill each pepper half with about 1-1/3 cups of the orzo filling. Garnish with the chopped parsley, if desired. If pepper halves are not large enough to hold all the filling, serve remainder of filling on the side. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 8; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 554, Fat, total (g): 27, chol. (mg): 43, sat. fat (g): 6, carb. (g): 56, fiber (g): 5, pro. (g): 23, sodium (mg): 735, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.