This orzo salad with watermelon, feta and chicken is refreshing and filling at the same time. Healthy and enjoyable, your whole family will love it.
Warning: I’m squeezing in as many summer recipes as humanly possible before fall is in the air
And I do love fall! I’m just not a blogger that is so great at doing Christmas recipes in July and summer recipes in January. I like to eat fruits and vegetables that are in season and taste good, so that usually means that summer recipes always run a bit into fall and fall recipes into winter…and winter into spring.
But hey…there’s always next year. Pin this recipe, bookmark it, print it…whatever you prefer. Make orzo salad with watermelon, chicken and feta when the mood strikes!
This orzo salad pairs watermelon and feta. I love that combination, sweet and salty. Add grilled chicken which has been marinated in watermelon juice, lime and honey, and you’ll come up with a salad that the whole family loves.
This orzo salad with watermelon is lightly dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. You can use either regular balsamic or white balsamic vinegar.
Initially, my husband was skeptical of the watermelon in this salad (said he’d prefer it on the side), but the second time he ate it, he said, “You were right, the watermelon is really good in here.” Converting the skeptics…it’s what I do.
The chicken is flavorful and moist due to a marinade of pureed watermelon, lime juice and garlic. The marinade is then reduced and basted over the chicken during cooking (or grilling!). You could leave that step out if you want to simplify the process, but it does make the chicken even more tasty.
Looking for more great uses for orzo?
- Orzo Salad with Yogurt Dill Dressing
- Creamy Tomato Soup with Whole Wheat Orzo
- Spinach Orzo Salad with Chickpeas and Meatballs
- Orzo Salad with Chicken and Vegetables
- Greek Orzo Salad with Roasted Shrimp
- Creamy Orzo with Chicken Sausage from Table for Two
- Orzo with Collard Greens, Sausage Meatballs and Sundried Tomatoes from Bev Cooks
- 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, uncooked
- 4 cups chopped watermelon, divided
- the juice of 1 lime
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- salt and pepper
- 2 cups whole wheat orzo
- 4 ounces reduced fat crumbled feta cheese
- about 2 cups chopped cucumber
- ~2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- In a blender, add 2 cups chopped watermelon, lime juice, honey, garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil and pepper. Puree until smooth. Pour into a zip-top bag with chicken breasts and let marinate at least two hours.
- When ready to assemble salad, take chicken out of the fridge. Remove chicken from marinade, reserving marinade. Bring marinade to a boil in a small saucepan and boil until slightly reduced, or about 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook chicken under broiler, on grill, or in a grill pan. It should take about 15-20 minutes depending on how hot your broiler/grill is. The last few minutes, baste often with the sauce/marinade. Cook until chicken is cooked through. Let cool slightly before slicing into thin strips.
- While the chicken is cooking, cook pasta according to package directions, drain, transfer to a large bowl and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Let cool (stick in fridge if need be).
- Combine pasta, watermelon, chicken, feta, and cucumber in pasta bowl. Drizzle with remaining olive oil (3 tablespoons) and the balsamic vinegar. Stir to combine all ingredients. Taste and add more oil/balsamic/salt/pepper as you see fit.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 main dish salads
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 876Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 430mgCarbohydrates: 94gFiber: 13gSugar: 26gProtein: 58g
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Verdict: Love this orzo salad with watermelon! I was secretly sad when my husband ate the leftovers.
Husband’s take: He ate the leftovers, always a good sign.
Changes I would make: None.
If you have a hard time finding whole wheat orzo, I love Delallo (not sponsored). You can find it in grocery stores or even on Amazon.