Came home from work yesterday, had more running around to do and preparing dinner was a little late. This is what I love about freestyle cooking. Open the fridge, see what’s in and go for it, have a dinner ready in a jiffy, how does this sound to you?
Left over meat from the dinner before or getting some ready roasted from the local supermarket on the way home it’s all you need for this recipe, the rest it’s easy and with only 10 min of cooking… ta daaa!! Another dinner is ready, but not any dinner, a super tasty one guaranteed!
I made this shredded roast chicken with pesto, crudités and orzo salad for dinner but it makes a beautiful lunch to box and take away to work, school wherever you need to take. Needless to say, this will make a beautiful choice for a picnic, BBQ or a potluck garden party.
I named it summer salad because of the time I’m posting it but this salad is perfect at any point and time all throughout the year. Whenever you fancy it.
I love throwing in my salads of this type crudités, chopped into little bits for the texture a bit of colour and extra nutrition.
A perfect way to make kids eat some raw vegetables as kids tend to enjoy both pesto and the pasta especially orzo, so if you haven’t tried it before definitely give it a try, it is super tasty and delicious?.
There is definitely something about orzo that goes really well especially with children.
Use the veggies that you like and if you don’t like them crude, use roasted veggies.
This meal can be such a saviour especially time-wise when coming home from work exhausted and the last thing you want on a hot summer day is to hit the kitchen and get stuck there sweating yourself out when run out of meal ideas.
This salad it’s so easy, necessitates no cooking skills, involves no stress and it’s just perfect too, I’m absolutely sure, many tastebuds around. Ticks all boxes.
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Shredded roast chicken with pesto, crudités bits and orzo summer salad
- chopping board
- 250 g orzo dry
- 400 g roast chicken shredded
- 3 tbsp pesto sauce I used my own homemade pesto sauce
- 3 celery stalks
- 1/2 red pepper
- 1 med red onion
- 5 sprigs parsley
- 2 tbsp pine nuts
- 12 cherry tomatoes
- 1 pinch Salt
- 1 pinch black pepper
- 1 red chilli optional for a little kick
- Cook the orzo according to the packet instructions, it normally takes 7 to 9 minutes to get this ready. When finished, drain, rinse in cold water and allow it to drain. Set aside.
- Shred the roast chicken and place in a larger bowl.
- Wash and finely chop the crudités which are the red pepper, celery sticks and the red onion. Add those to the shredded chicken.
- Toast the pine nuts for a few seconds ( don’t do anything else while toasting those as they need tossing to avoid burning them) they burn fast due to the high content of oil.
- Add the orzo, pesto sauce, chopped parsley and the halved cherry tomatoes.
- Season with salt and pepper and mix well.
- Serve with a sprinkle of toasted pine nuts and ... Enjoy!
That is such a gorgeous, summer salad! What a great dinner for a busy week night! Definitely giving this a try! I love the whole cook once, eat twice revolution!
Hi Beth, the cook once eat twice revolution is soo handy especially on these hot days - PERFECT! Thank you so much, I hope you will enjoy it!
Sounds delicious! I love pesto. I would omit the chicken for a delicious vegetarian recipe.
Hi Amanda, yes, absolutely, take the chicken out and it makes a lovely vegetarian option - still super delicious ;-). Enjoy it lovely! xx
Wow - the colours in that salad look so inviting! This does look like an awesome option for a weekday packed lunch 🙂
Thank you so much, It absolutely is a perfect option for a packed lunch Rhiannon, but also ideal for a picnic or even a dinner - any time winner really. 😉
Brian Jones says
Don't get me started on burning nuts (stop being rude), it is my curse in the kitchen... The are insanely quick to catch and pine nuts are so expensive so yeah I try to keep an eye on them too but I am so easily distracted 😉 Love the sound of this recipe so bright, vibrant and summery!
Ha ha Brian, you got me there for a sec ?. Watch the nuts please ?, and you know what, I always, always ( without a fail) find something else to do other than watching the nuts. That’s why, I need to be rude! lol. So, please watch the nuts!
I’m glad you like the recipe, thank you Brian.??
I'm a big fan of orzo, this looks like a tasty and colorful way to enjoy it, but still nice and easy.
Absolutely, Caroline, orzo it’s really nice - I cannot have enough of it, that is for sure and so are my kids - never enough - tasty and cute 😉