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Monday
Aug252014

Chicken Orzo Artichoke Salad

Chicken orzo salad

Summer is just about done, which makes me sad. But today is Secret Recipe Club reveal day, and that makes me happy. This month, I was assigned to Dorothy’s blog, Shockingly Delicious. Dorothy has a great philosophy when it comes to cooking. She likes to keep her meals on the cost conscious side, which is a plus in my book too! But no matter what, it always has to be “crazy good” or “shockingly delicious”, which is how she came up with her blog name. As per usual, I had a difficult time choosing a recipe, because so many of Dorothy’s recipes look amazing! I had it pared down to a handful, and I was sure that cheesecake would be the winner, but after a week of vacation eating, I thought it would be best to put the cheesecake on the back burner and have something a little more healthy. This pasta salad was absolutely perfect! We ate it warm, but it was even better cold the next day for lunch. Dorothy, it was so nice to get to know you this month. Thanks for the great recipe!!

For the Salad
3 cups Diced Cooked Chicken
1/2 cup Orzo Pasta, cooked according to package directions
1 cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved
3 Scallions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons Italian Parsley, chopped
1 jar (6 ounces) Marinated Artichoke Hearts, drained and chopped

For the Dressing
6 tablespoons Olive Oil
3 tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons Lemon Juice
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
Salt and Pepper, to taste

For Serving (Optional)
Fresh Spinach (I used arugula, because that is what I had)
Kalamata Olives, halved
Grated Parmesan Cheese (I used feta)
Fresh Basil, shredded 

Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl until well combined; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, orzo, tomatoes, scallions, parsley, and artichokes. Toss with the dressing to combine. Serve salad over a bed of spinach, and add the olives, cheese, and basil to garnish, if desired.

SOURCE: Shockingly Delicious

Reader Comments (16)

I agree, salad is my go to as well after indulging a little to much food-wise. :) I love how you added fresh basil, it always brings such a bright taste to foods. Happy reveal day!

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterApril @ Angels Homestead

Love her blog! You picked a great recipe, I am super fond of orzo and artichokes, and using them as a salad is perfect for the weather we are having

great choice!

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSallyBR

Yummy!! What a fantastic combination of ingredients - love how pasta salads almost always taste even better the next day, such a perfect meal for lunch at work! :)

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah @ Making Miracles

What a FAB recipe and one that would I would be happy to make any day of the week! Karen

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Yummy! This looks awesome. Artichokes are one of my favorite foods-- especially when paired with some olives and feta!!

I absolutely LOVE orzo salads - one of my favorite side dishes or meals. And this version looks wonderful! Love your choice this month for the SRC, =)

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteramy @ fearless homemaker

I love pasta salads and this one sounds like a winner. Great SRC pick

I always love a good pasta salad. Great pick this month.

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLauren Everson

What fun to see what you picked from my blog! Well done! So glad you liked it. Cheers to a great reveal day.

Sounds delicious!

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterErin @ The Spiffy Cookie

That looks so darn delicious! Great pick for reveal day :)

August 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah E

This is the kind of salad that we love to enjoy during the summer. I love pasta with just about anything, and if you add artichoke hearts into the mix you'll have no problem selling me on it :-)

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCouscous & Consciousness

I love Dorothy's blog. This salad sounds like the perfect summer meal. Yum!!

A great summer time meal pick! Extra good with the fresh tomatoes. Happy Reveal Day!!

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEmily @ Life on Food

This looks really tasty and perfect for lunchboxes. I'm getting bored with eating the same thing so will have to give this a go. Great SRC pick!

August 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbakingaddict

Great combination of flavors! Love this salad.....super SRC choice. Visiting from Group B.

September 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKate

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