Herbed Orzo Salad

Herbed Orzo Salad
Herbed Orzo Salad

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    16 oz pkg orzo

  • 3

    tbl olive oil

  • 3

    cloves garlic, sliced

  • 2

    tbl packed, thinly sliced,

  • fresh basil leaves

  • 1/4

    c. lightly toasted pine nuts

  • 2

    tbl packed, thinly sliced, fresh

  • flat-leaf parsley leaves

  • 1/4

    tsp salt

  • 1/8

    tsp ground black pepper

  • For variety: cherry tomatoes, fresh sugar snap pea pods, diced red onion, steamed asparagus tips, blanched broccoli or cauliflower flourettes, julienned zucchini or yellow squash, or sliced green onion.

Directions

Several hrs before serving, in a 4-qt saucepan, cook the orzo following the pkg instructions. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat the oil and garlic over medium heat. Cook for 3-4 min or until the garlic slices are browned. Remove and discard the garlic slices, and set the garlic-flavored oil aside. Return the orzo to the same saucepan. Set aside aobut 1 tsp of the sliced basil leaves. Add the remaining basil, the garlic-flavored oil, pine nuts, parsley, salt and pepper. Toss the salad gently to combine. Transfer the salad to a large serving bowl and cool to room temp. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tsp basil and cover and refrigerate until cold-at least 1 hr.

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