Orzo Salad

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This is a favorite salad I make often. It’s so versatile you can really make it your own easily! Make sure to taste the dressing as your making it to adjust to your liking! And add as little or as much as you’d like. I also added about 1/2 cup or so of cooked wild rice to the mix this time and it was excellent!
-I am confused as to why there are supposedly different versions, one is Lindsey’s Original and then the other?? They looked the same from what I could see between site pages. Someone clue me in?? Thanks, Jean
-Any bean your family likes would probably work for this.. Black, kidney, cannellini… You could try lentils as a sub. Or just omit them all together! Hope this helps!
-sorry bout that! I tend to use most of the dressing.. We like it well dressed.. It would be good for a lettuce salad or maybe a diff. version of an orzo or another noodle salad? I’m sure it would keep well in the refrigerator in an air tight container for a while until you decide what to use it for!

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Cook time: 10 Min Prep time: 10 Min Serves: 6
Ingredients
4 c chicken stock
1 1/2 c orzo pasta
1 can(s) garbanzo beans, 15oz.)
1 1/2 c grape, cherry or teardrop tomatoes (halved)
3/4 c finely chopped red onion
1/2 c chopped fresh basil
1/4 c chopped fresh parsley or mint
3/4 c vinaigrette (recipe follows)
salt and pepper to taste
crumbled feta cheese (optional)
toasted pine or walnuts roughly chopped (optional)
VINAIGRETTE DRESSING:
1/2 c rice wine vinegar
1/4 c fresh lemon juice
2 tsp honey
2 tsp salt
1 c extra virgin olive oil
Directions
1. In a medium saucepan bring the chicken stock to a boil. Stir in orz-o and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring frequently (about 7 min). Drain the orzo and toss in a large bowl until it cools slightly. (I usually add a tiny bit of olive oil so it doesn’t clump together) Set aside to cool completely.
2. Toss the orzo with the beans, tomatoes, red onion, basil, parsley and enough vinaigrette to coat.
3. Season the salad to taste with salt and pepper. Serve at room temp. Add some crumbled feta cheese and toasted nuts (if using) before serving.
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