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Perfect do ahead or picnic salad from Macrina Bakery & Café Cookbook
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- 1 cup walnut halves
- 1 cucumber
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups dry orzo pasta
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup kalamata olive, pitted and halved
- 1/2 cup diced scallion
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 1 1/4 cups crumbled feta cheese
- salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/3 cup lemon vinaigrette
- 2Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- 3Spread the walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast on the center rack of the oven for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
- 4Let cool, then coarsely chop and set aside.
- 5Peel and core the cucumber and cut it into 1/2-inch cubes.
- 6Core the red and yellow peppers and cut them into 1/2-inch-square pieces.
- 7Set aside.
- 8Fill a large saucepan two-thirds full of water.
- 9Add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil.
- 10Drop in the pasta and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, or until tender.
- 11Remove the pan from the heat and drain the pasta in a colander, then cool the pasta by running cold tap water over the colander for a few minutes.
- 12Shake the colander to remove excess water and transfer the cooled pasta to a medium bowl.
- 13Toss with the olive oil to keep the pasta from sticking together.
- 14Add the toasted walnuts, cucumbers, peppers, olives, scallions, basil, parsley and feta.
- 15Drizzle in the Lemon Vinaigrette and toss well.
- 16Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- 17Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
- 18LEMON VINAIGRETTE yield: 1 1/4 cups.
- 19Combine all the ingredients except the olive oil in a medium bowl.
- 20Mix well with a whisk.
- 21Add the oil in a slow stream, whisking as you pour.
- 22Continue whisking until the dressing has emulsified, then cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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Nutritional Facts for Macrina's Orzo Salad With Cucumber, Bell Pepper, Basil and Feta
Serving Size: 1 (406 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 1038.5
- Calories from Fat 715
- Total Fat 79.5 g
- Saturated Fat 15.8 g
- Cholesterol 41.7 mg
- Sodium 1160.0 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 66.8 g
- Dietary Fiber 6.8 g
- Sugars 8.7 g
- Protein 21.4 g
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