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    Potluck Orzo Pasta Salad

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    59 mins

    50 mins

    9 mins

    emmapeel's Note:

    I made this for a work potluck- and was asked repeatedly for the recipe, so I put it up here. I didn't take home very much of it! The sesame oil and pine nuts are a bit expensive, but I think they are what makes the recipe. It's very easy and fairly quick to prepare.

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    Serves: 15-20



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    1. 1
      Cook orzo in 6-8 qt pot of boiling water according to pkg directions (7-9 minutes) Drain and rinse with cold water; drain well.
    2. 2
      Toss in large bowl with 1 1/2 T olive oil.
    3. 3
      Add chopped vegetables, beans, and olives In separate small bowl, combine olive juice, sesame oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, oregano, dill weed, mustard and curry.
    4. 4
      Gradually whisk in remaining 1/2 cup olive oil.
    5. 5
      Add salt and ground pepper to taste.
    6. 6
      Add dressing to orzo mixture and blend well.
    7. 7
      At this point taste the salad, and add more of whatever you prefer (I added more dijon).
    8. 8
      Toast pine nuts on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven for 5-10 minutes.
    9. 9
      Sprinkle on top of salad just before serving.
    10. 10
      Can be made 1 day ahead.
    11. 11
      Makes approximately 10 cups.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 07, 2011


      We thought this was fine. If we make it again, we'll probably omit the celery.

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    • on May 31, 2010


      Really tasty. I like the orzo pasta because it's not too "pasta-y". I didn't have bell peppers so I used some shredded carrots, spinach, and tomato. It was very nice, but I think I would use less oil next time; it was a little greasy.

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    • on March 18, 2009


      Excellent salad! Went over well at a church potluck. I must disagree with some other reviewers----I loved the subtle curry flavor. It was not overpowering at all. Perhaps the negative curry opinions come from a preconceived notion when you read the recipe. You may question how all those many flavors are going to work together. But, believe me, they do!

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    Nutritional Facts for Potluck Orzo Pasta Salad

    Serving Size: 1 (95 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 15

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 274.7
    Calories from Fat 119
    Total Fat 13.3 g
    Saturated Fat 1.7 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 174.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 33.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.2 g
    Sugars 1.5 g
    Protein 6.5 g

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