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A Star of a Salad

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Makes about 12 servings

  • 1 box (16 ounces) orzo
  • 3 cups diced cooked chicken breast or turkey breast
  • 1 1/2 cups diced green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups pitted Northwest Red or Rainier cherries, quartered

    1. Line Star Pan with plastic wrap. Prepare orzo following package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
    2. In large bowl, combine orzo, chicken, bell pepper and shallots. In small bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, honey, mustard, salt, thyme and black pepper. Pour over orzo mixture; mix well. Gently stir in cherries. Pack into prepared pan. Chill at least 1 hour. To serve, place serving platter over star pan. Carefully turn over to release salad; remove plastic wrap.

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