Orzo Chicken Salad with Avocado-Lime Dressing
To prepare salad: In a medium saucepan, cook orzo according to package directions, adding corn during the last 1 minute of cooking; drain. Rinse with cold water to cool quickly; drain well. In a large bowl, combine orzo mixture, chicken, tomatoes, and cilantro. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours.Advertisement
Meanwhile, prepare dressing: In a blender or food processor, combine 1 small avocado, seeded, peeled, and cut up; 1/3 cup water; 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel; 1/4 cup lime juice; 4 cloves garlic, minced; 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper; and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Transfer dressing to a small bowl. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours.
To serve, drizzle salad with dressing.
To make ahead: Prepare salad and dressing as directed and refrigerate in separate airtight containers for up to 24 hours. Toss salad with dressing just before serving. To pack for lunch: Prepare salad and dressing as directed. After chilling, spoon 1 cup of the salad into an airtight container; cover. Spoon 1/4 cup of the dressing into a small airtight container; cover. Transport salad and dressing in an insulated lunch box with ice packs and hold for up to 5 hours. To serve, drizzle salad with dressing.
2 starch, 3 1/2 lean meat