I love a good pasta salad and this orzo salad does not disappoint. Fresh flavors, easy preparation and great at room temperature or straight out of the fridge.

Easy Orzo Salad with Chicken | RachelCooks.com


Winter is all about soups, stews and roasts, but summer? Summer screams salad.

So do bikinis. Bikinis scream salad loudly (and probably not pasta salad).

But I kissed bikinis goodbye and said hello to my cute kids…and stretch marks.

But let’s be honest — bikini, tankini, one-piece, t-shirt over your swimsuit, birthday suit (?!?), a little salad is always a good thing.

Okay yesssssssssss I know this is a PASTA salad. Whatever. Minor details, people.



Orzo Salad with Chicken and Vegetables

This orzo salad is a quick, easy meal that is refreshing and delicious. Leave the chicken out and add some beans or tofu for a great vegetarian meal.


  • 8 ounces uncooked orzo
  • juice of 1 lemon (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups diced or shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 of an English cucumber, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated or julienned
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. Cook pasta as directed on box. Strain and transfer to a very large bowl (it needs room to cool as well as room for all of the other ingredients–and stirring room!).
  2. While the pasta cooks, prepare dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, mustard, shallot, oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Add dressing and chicken to warm pasta and toss to combine. Place in fridge to chill.
  4. While the pasta is chilling, prep your vegetables and parsley. Add them to cooled (or mostly cooled) pasta and chicken mixture. Serve immediately or store in fridge until ready to eat.
All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: Loved this! I used a rotisserie chicken — it was a grocery store day and I love having a quick meal to throw together when I get home from the store.
Husband’s take: He loved this too. He had seconds, and thirds. E liked it a lot too.
Changes I would make: None are necessary but this is the kind of thing that you could throw in any vegetables that you have in the house.
Difficulty: Easy!


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Whole Wheat Orzo Salad with Kale, Chickpeas, Lemon and Feta from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Spinach Tomato Orzo Soup from Eclectic Recipes
Delicata Squash Stuffed with Orzo in a Sage Brown Butter Sauce from Herbivoracious