This salad packs a protein punch with loads of flavour to boot. Orzo is a type of pasta that is light and chewy—not as heavy as other types of pasta. Orzo comes in whole wheat and gluten-free varieties.
Best tomato choice
Sungold cherry tomatoes are the best choice for this chicken salad; they are orange in colour with a sweet flavour and low acid content.
17 oz (500 g) organic chicken breasts
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 cup (250 mL) dried organic whole wheat or gluten-free orzo
1/2 cup (125 mL) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tbsp (45 mL) minced fresh basil
1 small shallot, minced
1 Tbsp (15 mL) minced fresh thyme
3 Tbsp (45 mL) balsamic vinegar
3 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, minced
8 oz (225 g) bag spinach
1 1/2 cups (350 mL) halved heirloom cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup (60 mL) crumbled goat cheese