Make It Vegetarian: Toss in garbanzo, chickpeas or cannelloni beans instead of the chicken
Keep It Fresh: If don't have dill use thyme, oregano or basil. They're all big flavor boosters.
Save it For Later: Make twice as much lemon vinaigrette for dressing the salad the next day.
Recipe adapted from People Magazine October 19 2,015 and serves 4.
- 1 cup uncooked orzo
- 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
- 3 TB. fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. honey
- 1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
- 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp. dried dill weed
- 2 cups shredded skinless, boneless chicken (about 2 large breasts)
- 3/4 cup diced English cucumber
- 1/2 cup each diced yellow and red sweet mini bell peppers
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
- 1 TB. dried parsley flakes or 2 TB. fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- optional 3/4 cup sliced black olives
- Cook orzo according to package directions al dente (omit salt if it's called for) Drain and rinse with cold water, drain and place in a large bowl.
- In blender add lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, honey, salt and pepper, garlic and dill. Mix well and drizzle over cooked orzo and toss to coat.
- Add chicken, cucumbers, peppers, scallions and parsley. Mix well and refrigerate several hours or overnight. Add crumbled feta to serve with black olives.
(April 26, 1785-January 27, 1851)
John James Audubon was the founder of modern ornithology. He was also an explorer, woodsmen, hunter, prolific writer, painter and self-promoter. He is considered to be one of the world’s greatest bird painters. His masterpiece, "The Birds of America"(1827-1839), depicts almost five hundred North American bird species, each image—lifelike and life size—rendered in vibrant color.
Her book is well researched and meticulously documented with appendix, glossary, source notes, bibliography, and illustration credits included in the back of the book. Nancy effectively captures the essence of Audubon’s personal journey to uncharted places where no one had seen, drawn, or written so much about the animals and birds of this young country. In Audubon’s words, “My whole mind was ever filled with my passion for rambling.”