Tag Archive: Orzo Salad


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Fresh Market had a sale on some interesting looking artisan salad mixes from Canterbury Naturals.  I bought the orzo cucumber one and it was yummy.  It’s a little higher in sodium than I like (370 mg  per 1/2 cup serving) so I will make my own from scratch next time!

1 Package Canterbury Naturals Orzo Cucumber Salad Mix (it contains whole wheat orzo, garlic, carrots, onion, bell pepper, and celery and a yummy dressing mix)

2 cucumbers, cubed

8 campari tomatoes, cut into quarters

1 can garbanzo beans, drained

2 Tbsp. Panera Tangerine Honey Dressing (too sweet by itself, but nice mixed with the dressing in the salad mix)

Cook orzo veggie mixture for 10 minutes, drain and rinse well.

Prepare dressing pursuant to directions on the package (you add olive oil and water).  Add in tangerine dressing.

Gently fold in tomatoes, cucumber, and garbanzo beans.

Everyone had seconds and some even thirds!  I can’t wait to try this from scratch!

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1 lb. chopped/shredded turkey or chicken

1 small bottle Ken’s Lite Sweet Vidalia Onion Dressing

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1 bottle Trader Joe’s sweet chili sauce

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1 lb. Delallo gluten free orzo, cooked according to directions

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1 bag Dole chop salad (Asian Sesame) save the dressing for another day

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6 hard boiled eggs diced

Cook orzo, drain.  Cook eggs, chop.  Mix all ingredients.

We had this with chips and salsa and ate it like lettuce wraps!

Definitely doing this again!!

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3-4 cups cooked orzo
1/3 cup diced peppers (I used orange and red)
2 Tbsp. chopped chives
1/3 c. craisins
1/2 cup blood orange juice (any citrus juice will do)
1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Mix all ingredients except orzo.  Check for taste.  Pour over orzo and toss.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes prior to serving.

We love orzo.  Obviously, store bought vinaigrette will work and save time!
You can experiment with different add ins as well, depending on your family’s preferences.
For instance, if you had fresh blood oranges available, putting pieces in would be yummy.  Also, if you like some heat, adding in jalapenos would be good.
I served them with simple turkey meatballs.
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