Alexander's Orzo and Wild Rice Salad

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

Wonderful blend of flavors makes for a delightful side dish or lunch salad.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For dressing: Dissolve vinegar, lemon juice, garlic and sugar with a hand whip (three minute stirring).
  2. Fold in the mustard, basil, salt and pepper. Slowly add oils, while whisking vigorously. Refrigerate.
  3. Use only 1/2 cup of dressing for salad.
  4. Place all other ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well.
  5. Serve ice cold, 38-40°F Shelf life mixed is two hours.
Most Helpful

I had been looking for a recipe for J.Alexanders restaurants wild rice and orzo side dish...and this was pretty darn close( no basil in the restaurants). I served this as a side at a cook out for my sons college buddies, and this was gobbled down: a lovely change from the usual pasta or rice salad, visually appealing and a delicious blend of textures and flavour.

ChefDebs September 04, 2005

My brother's girlfriend makes this and it is delicious. She uses balsamic vinagrette dressing instead of making her own.

Babyelephant July 22, 2006

Excellent! I would double the sugar (1T. instead of 1/2), and definitely include the basil!

randlspencer May 28, 2006