Italian Orzo Jar Salad

salad for your next picnic
Salad for your next picnic
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Ingredients

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2 cups Fresh spinach
1 cup Basil fresh
2 cups Cremini mushrooms sliced , about 12-13 mushrooms
3 oz Sun-dried tomatoes
16 oz Orzo pasta package
1½ cups Chickpeas canned, rinsed and drained
¼ cup Vegetable broth or a drizzle of olive oil
1 tsp Lemon pepper
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp Thyme
Sea salt to taste

Nutritional information

597
calories
4g
fat
116g
carbohydrates
25g
protein
0mg
cholesterol
87mg
sodium
Ingredients

Italian Orzo Jar Salad

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This Italian Orzo Salad is one of my favorite salad recipes. It is clever because the orzo cooking water slightly cooks the salad veggies when it is poured over them in a strainer. This is really good if, like me, you don’t like completely raw ingredients in your salad.

Start by preparing the veggies. Cook the orzo in a large saucepan. Drain the orzo over the veggies in a strainer to slightly cook them. Rinse the contents of the strainer and drain. Place all the ingredients in a big bowl once drained. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well before serving.

To make my version of Italian Orzo Salad, you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Italian Orzo Jar Salad

1
Done
1

Prepare veggies

Wash and slice 2 cups of spinach, 1 cup of basil, 2 cups of mushrooms and chop 3 ounces of sun-dried tomatoes. Place these ingredients in the bottom of a pasta strainer.

2
Done
10

Cook orzo

Cook 16 ounces of orzo by following the package directions.

3
Done
2

Drain orzo

Drain the orzo by pouring the whole contents of the pot over the veggies in the bottom of the pasta strainer. This will slightly cook them.

4
Done
1

Rinse

Rinse the contents of the strainer and drain. Once drained, place in a large salad bowl. Chill.

5
Done
2

Add remaining ingredients

Add 1½ cups of chickpeas, ¼ cup of veggie broth or a drizzle of oil and 1 teaspoon each of lemon pepper, garlic powder and thyme. Season to taste with sea salt and mix well.

6
Done

Serve

Pack in jars and serve at your next picnic.

This Italian Orzo Salad is a fantastic accompaniment for your next picnic! Try it out soon and don’t forget to tag #CookMeRecipes if you try this recipe.

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

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Athina

Good idea for my next picnic!

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