VEGGIE ORZO SALAD

VEGGIE ORZO SALAD

Veggie Orzo Salad is a vibrant and nutritious dish perfect for a light lunch or as a side. This salad features tender orzo pasta mixed with a variety of fresh, colorful vegetables such as bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and red onions. Tossed in a tangy lemon and olive oil dressing, and garnished with fresh herbs like parsley and basil, this salad is bursting with Mediterranean flavors. It’s easy to prepare and can be served chilled or at room temperature, making it ideal for picnics and potlucks.

Table of Contents

INGREDIENTS

SALAD

1 zucchini cut in half moons

1/2 bell pepper diced

2 cloves garlic minced

1 tsp olive oil

1 cup kale diced

2 tbsp basil chopped

2 tbsp parsley chopped

2 cups cherry tomatoes chopped

16 oz orzo

2 peaches sliced

DRESSING

1/2 bunch basil

3 tbsp olive oil

3 tbsp white balsamic vinegar

pinch salt

pinch pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a sauté pan over medium heat, cook zucchini, garlic and peppers for 10 mins until fork tender then let cool.

Cook the orzo according to the box, rinse with cool water and drain well.

In a large bowl add kale, herbs, tomatoes, peaches, orzo and cooked zucchini and peppers.

Make dressing in a blender by combining basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Puree until smooth.

Pour dressing over salad and mix thoroughly. Garnish with extra basil if desired.

 NOTES:

Vegetable Options: Feel free to mix and match your favorite vegetables. Other great additions include zucchini, olives, artichoke hearts, or roasted red peppers.

Herbs: Fresh herbs like parsley and basil add a bright flavor. You can also use mint or dill for a different twist.

Dressing: The simple lemon and olive oil dressing can be enhanced with a bit of Dijon mustard or honey for added depth of flavor.

Make Ahead: This salad can be made a day in advance. The flavors will meld together nicely, but you might want to add the fresh herbs just before serving to keep them vibrant.

Serving Suggestions: This salad pairs well with grilled proteins like chicken, fish, or tofu. It can also be served as a main dish by adding chickpeas or feta cheese for extra protein.

Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Stir well before serving as the dressing may settle.

 Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: Approximately 250 kcal

Protein: 6g

Carbohydrates: 40g

Fat: 8g

Fiber: 4g

Sodium: 250mg

Sugars: 4g

Nutritional values are estimates and can vary based on specific ingredients and portion sizes used. Adjustments like using whole wheat orzo or adding more vegetables can alter the nutritional content.

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