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Vino Girl's Note:
This is something that I came up with to take to a cookout today. Grilled salmon and steak were served, and this went very well with it and was well-liked. This has a very delicate and subtle flavor (it was described by one person as "light and refreshing," which is where the name comes from). I wanted something with an Asian feel but I didn't want to make an Oriental coleslaw - I love those, but I just wasn't in the mood for anything that sweet or vinegar-y. The bulk of the flavor comes from the sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds, so I don't think those two ingredients should be substituted. This salad can be served at any temperature, but I do strongly recommend refrigerating overnight since it takes time for the flavor to fully develop. I liked the light taste and "dryness" of the dressing, but feel free to make up more dressing if your tastes are different than mine. This would also be good with rice in place of the orzo. This filled up a 2.5 quart serving bowl. Cook time is refrigerator time.
My Private Note
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- 1 1/3 cups orzo pasta, uncooked
- 1 1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets, chopped
- 1/2 cup green onion, sliced
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed and drained
- 1/2 cup carrot, finely grated
- 1/2 cup fresh mung bean sprouts
- 1 (5 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained
- 1/2 orange
- 2 tablespoons roasted sunflower seeds
- 1Cook orzo pasta in boiling water for about 4 minutes.
- 2Rinse with cold water and drain.
- 3Place in a large bowl.
- 4In a liquid measuring cup with a spout, mix the dressing ingredients together.
- 5Slice the water chestnuts if they weren't presliced, and then cut the slices into quarters to make small pieces.
- 6Add these to the bowl with the pasta.
- 7Add the broccoli, onions, bell pepper, peas, carrots, and sprouts to the bowl, and mix gently but thoroughly.
- 8Add the dressing and mix again.
- 9Refrigerate several hours or overnight.
- 10Before serving, stir the salad up to remix it, and sprinkle sunflower kernals on top.
- 11Thinly slice the orange and then cut the slices in half.
- 12Stand these up around the edge of the bowl as a garnish.
- 13Serve cold or at room temperature.
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Nutritional Facts for Light and Refreshing Sesame Orzo Salad
Serving Size: 1 (94 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 10
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 165.6
- Calories from Fat 45
- Total Fat 5.0 g
- Saturated Fat 0.7 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 36.6 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 26.1 g
- Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
- Sugars 3.9 g
- Protein 5.0 g