This healthy Greek Orzo Pasta Salad with chicken is so easy to whip up, and it’s absolutely amazing when tossed in a light, refreshing lemon-honey and herb vinaigrette that’s packed with tons of flavor.
I know. I say that about every salad I make. But this is for real. A greek orzo pasta salad is basically this: freshly chopped delicate hothouse cucumbers, bursts of grape tomatoes, pungent kalamata olives, all tossed together in rice shaped pasta, and creamy, salty feta. Lately salads are my favorite way to eat my veggies. Mainly because I disguise (with emphasis on the “g” as my husband likes to pronounce it) the veggies behind robust dressings, crumbled cheeses, and pasta. You know, keepin’ it fresh. No pun intended.
I partly love this salad for the tangy, sweet, and bold homemade dressing. I could lick the bowl clean. It’s like a party in your mouth. No joke. Lemon-honey and herbs, whisked to get the perfect consistency of the dressing that sticks to the pasta.
I’m a person that gets on a food kick and gets obsessed for an unnatural amount of time. My most recent food kick? Muffins. Clearly, you’ve seen me popping out a recipe every week! I can’t stop.
I do that sometimes. Every year there are a couple foods I can’t stop eating. Before the muffins is was that slow cooker salsa chicken. I ate that chicken on tortillas, on top of nachos, and in a Chipotle style burrito bowl. It’s just a thing I do, get stuck on a food and consume it in every manner possible.
For this greek orzo pasta salad you’ll need a few main players. Players? I’ve been watching too much ice hockey. Woot, Blackhawks! Even though they lost the last game. 🙁
Back to the salad now. Let’s talk ingredients.
1.) Orzo pasta (shocking, isn’t it)
2.) Crumbled feta cheese – I like to use Nikos Mediterranean crumbled feta. It has amazing flavor built right in! flavors like tomato, basil, oregano, garlic, and lemon. Nikos also makes regular feta. But this salad is soo much better with the Mediterranean flavors.
3.) And lastly, grilled herb chicken. The marinade is a handful of ingredients that marry and create the most succulent, delicious chicken. You can grill this chicken on the grill, in a George Foreman (yay for Georgie), or just pan fry it. Quick. Easy.
4.) Lemon, honey, garlic, basil, dijon mustard, oregano, and olive oil vinaigrette. → Flavor packed dressing. Told you so.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nikos. I have not received any monetary compensation for this post. The company was kind enough to provide product. All opinions expressed are my own.