13 April, 2020
Best Italian Orzo Salad
Posted in : SALADS
by : Admin
The BEST ITALIAN ORZO SALAD you can throw together in 15 minutes, goes with anything, and has fantastic flavor!
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)
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
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.