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Orzo Salad With Sesame Dressing

Great for summer BBQs, family reunions and such.

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1hr 8mins
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  • To make dressing: add all dressing ingredients to the container of an electric blender; process until smooth; set aside.
  • Cook the orzo in boiling salted water to cover for about 8 minutes or until tender; drain, rinse, and drain again.
  • In a mixing bowl, toss the orzo and 1 tablespoon sesame oil.
  • Spoon half the orzo mixture into a large glass serving bowl; spread evenly.
  • Top with half the carrot strips, raisins, and sunflower kernels.
  • Repeat layers.
  • Drizzle 1 cup Sesame Dressing over the top.
  • Sprinkle the parsley and green onion evenly over the top.
  • Serve with the remaining Sesame Dressing.
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  1. Janis L.
    Never fail recipe - everybody always goes back for seconds. I used to make it in a glass bowl and layered the ingredients because it just looked so darn pretty. But, by the time the third person dug in it didn'tlook gorgeous anymore, so now I just dump everything in the bowl and toss it. Definitely needs to sit overnight to soften and blend the flavors.
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  2. route7johnson
    I've made this salad several times. It a great take-to dish. Unusual and healthy ingredients. Also ease to halve. Enjoy!
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  3. rochsann
    This was a popular contribution at a family picnic. I think it tastes better the day after it's made. I sprinkled red wine vinegar over it to diminish the sesame oil after I taste-tested it. It seems I'm not a big fan of sesame oil, but by the next day, its flavor had blended in nicely. I love all the healthful ingredients, and I'll make it again! Thanks, NurseDi, for another worthwhile recipe!
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  4. LonghornMama
    I was searching to post this and can't believe no one has reviewed it yet!! This is really good with a wonderful sesame flavor, sweet and crunchy, and very pretty when made in a glass bowl. Make it a bit ahead of time so the raisins can plump up a bit. I have to admit I dump the whole dressing recipe over the top and allow time for it to settle through the orzo. Everyone always asks for the recipe. Thanks, NurseDi, for posting!
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  5. ratherbeswimmin
    Great for summer BBQs, family reunions and such.
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