Recipe by BARBARA BREITSAMETER
"Like no other Chicken Salad you have ever had. Orzo pasta, chicken, cantaloupe and grapes are coated with a zesty citrus dressing, and topped with crunchy cashews."
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1 1/2 cups
uncooked orzo pasta
1 1/2 tablespoons
grated orange zest
chopped cooked chicken breast
cantaloupe, cut into bite-size pieces
red seedless grapes, halved
lettuce leaves, for lining salad bowls
This is a fabulous, easy and refreshing recipe. It is perfect for a summer meal! I did reduce the amount of mayonnaise suggested, and I found it better to let everyone add the cashews individually as they were served--that way the cashews don't get soggy IF there is any salad leftover.
As is, this recipe is barely servable. The citrus dressing is completely overpowered by all the mayonnaise. All I could taste was mayonnaise and oil. Not a good combination. This recipe does have possibilities but definitely cut way back on those two ingredients. Everything else is so flavorful, why add so many bland ingredients to it?
I think this would be just wonderful as written but since I use "real" mayonnaise, I cut back on both that and the olive oil by 1/2. Additionally (and rather than OJ), I quartered 4 naval oranges, cut 3-1/2 of them into pieces and squeezed the juice from the remaining half in the dressing. I used red wine vinegar, but possibly should have used balsamic.I didn't serve on lettuce leaves (no one ever seems to eat them); rather, I tore up 6 pieces of Romaine and, using my blender, incorporated them into the mayonnaise/oil dressing). I didn't see any reason for the orzo (IMO, it neither enhanced nor detracted from the salad) so next time I'll just leave it out. I didn't see any reason for the orange zest, either (rarely do) so I just left that out this time. I didn't have them so I didn't include the cashews. But since I can see how those could definitely "enhance" I'll be sure to have them on hand next time. I had the grapes and they were delightful, but (when they're not in season) I can see how raisins or prunes can be substituted). I can only imagine how adding scallion tops and/or chives could further enhance this salad.
This salad isn't bad but it needs something--don't know what. I did cut way back on the mayo as suggested. Since my husband liked it I'll try again with some changes.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Chicken Orzo Salad
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 657
** Calories from Fat: 253
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