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Best Italian Orzo Salad

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The BEST ITALIAN ORZO SALAD you can throw together in 15 minutes, goes with anything, and has fantastic flavor!

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces dry orzo
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2/3 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped basil
  • 1/2 cup packed baby spinach optional
  • 1 cup Italian salad dressing (store bought or see below for my recipe)
  • Italian Dressing

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper or 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3 teaspoons Italian blend dried herb seasoning
  • Instructions

  • Place orzo in a pot, cover with water. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt, and bring to a boil. Cook 8-9 minutes until tender, drain and rinse with cold water.
  • In a large bowl combine orzo, tomatoes, chickpeas, cucumbers, basil, and spinach (if using) and toss.
  • Toss with the dressing to serve immediately, OR cover tightly and chill until ready to serve, then toss with dressing just before serving.
  • To Make the Dressing

  • To make the salad dressing, combine all ingredients in a jar. Screw the lid on tightly, shake vigorously til well blended, then chill until ready to use or pour immediatley over salad and toss.
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