Orzo Chicken Salad
I received free product from Frieda’s Specialty Produce that was used in the creation of this recipe.  
All opinions in this post are mine.
Orzo Chicken Salad
I have to admit, the more you go low carb, the easier it gets.  I allow myself to have carbs for one meal a day.  By carbs, I mean stuff like bread or pasta.   This Orzo Chicken Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing really was worth the one meal wait!
I had just received a package from Frieda’s that included elephant garlic.  I loved the elephant garlic in the avocado dressing, the more garlic I can get the happier I am!  I also had been eying a recipe in a magazine I got from Diabetic Living that called for garlic and I decided that this recipe would be the perfect one to try the elephant garlic in.
Orzo Chicken Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing #avocado #chicken #portablelunches
When I made this I knew Grumpy probably wouldn’t be eating it, but I also made it knowing it was a great portable lunch for work!  Just pack up a serving and a side of the dressing and your good to go.  I reheated the chicken/pasta mixture for 60 seconds in the microwave just to take the complete chill out of it before I topped it with my dressing and had a delicious lunch for a few days!
What do you like to make for portable lunches that you can do on a Sunday for the rest of the week?  I’m looking for more great ideas!

Slightly adapted from Diabetic Living

 

Orzo Chicken Salad with Avocado Lime Dressing
Author: Grumpy’s Honeybunch
The dressing makes more than you need for the salad. This is awesome on other things such as your omelette or nachos so plan ahead and use this up with other recipes you love avocado added!
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup dried whole wheat or regular orzo
  • 1/2 cup frozen kernal corn
  • 1 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat feta cheese
  • Avocado Lime Dressing:
  • 1 whole avocado
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 clove elephant garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Cook orzo in large saucepan according to package adding corn at the last minute of cooking time.
  2. Drain and rinse to cool quickly. Be sure to drain well after rinsing.
  3. In a large bowl combine orzo/corn mixture, tomatoes, cilantro, chicken and feta cheese. Toss and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. To make the dressing, in a blender add avocado, water, lime juice, garlic and red pepper flakes. Blend until smooth. Serve over top of chicken/orzo mixture.
  5. Yield: 2-1 cup servings of salad with 1/4 cup avocado dressing
Calories: 321 Fat: 10 Fiber: 7 Protein: 30 Cholesterol: 30
Orzo Chicken Salad

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.

5 Comments

  1. marye August 12, 2014 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    OMG, this looks delish! I love orzo in recipes. Pretty sure this is going on my make it soon list.

  2. Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! August 12, 2014 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    This looks great! You have some of my favorite ingredients in here! Avocado, lime, garlic, red pepper flakes, cilantro…everything! Great recipe!

  3. Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads August 13, 2014 at 12:44 am - Reply

    This sounds and looks delish! I love orzo!

  4. Mary Ellen August 13, 2014 at 1:10 am - Reply

    This looks so good to me, I love all of the flavors here!

  5. Carlsbad Cravings August 13, 2014 at 5:14 am - Reply

    I love everything about this and the dressing sounds incredible!

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