Thursday, June 23, 2011

Orzo Salad


While this is not the most flattering photo, I have to share this recipe. 

I made this orzo salad for the birthday party last week and people couldn't stop talking about it. While it's a copycat recipe based on J. Alexander's Orzo and Wild Rice Salad, I had to make a few adjustments. See, I love to plan parties and stuff, but I do tend to get stressed out..ok, a bit over stressed. Even though I make list after list of things I need, I inevitably leave something off. This time it was the wild rice. I might have stressed out a bit over it, but then I figured I could do without it, since eating wild rice is like chewing on tiny brown expensive twigs. I think it turned out just fine. 

*Note: The below measurements are what I used for the party to feed 25 people.

Orzo Salad
adapted from J. Alexander's Orzo & Wild Rice Salad Recipe found on

10 C. orzo rice, cooked and cooled
1 C. red onion, diced
1 can corn niblets
1 C. yellow pepper, diced
1 C. red pepper, diced
1/2 C. fresh basil, chopped
2 1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 1/4 C. parsley, chopped --(oh, I forgot that too, so I left that out as well..oops)

Cook orzo according to directions on package. Drain and then let cool for about 30 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss. Make dressing.

For the dressing:
1 1/4 C. canola oil
1 1/4 C. extra virgin olive oil
5/8 C. sweet white balsamic vinegar
7 1/2 T. honey
1 1/4 T. Dijon mustard
1 1/4 tsp. garlic, minced
5/8 tsp. black pepper

Put all the ingredients, except both oils, in a medium mixing bowl. Stir until combined. Vigorously stir the mixture while slowly adding the oils. Once combined, pour over cold orzo/vegetable mixture and stir to coat. Refrigerate. Best served cold.

*I made the salad the day before the party and refrigerated so the flavors could intensify*



  1. Om nom nom! This salad was amazingly good. I could seriously eat a vat of it and not complain. Definitely on my "to make" list!

  2. voy a realizarla y te cuento
    que blog mas bonito, si tienes un rato te invito a visitar el mio.
    un saludo Maca

  3. Pipeline leak Detection is useD to Determine if anD in some cases where a leak has occurreD in systems which contain liquiDs anD gases. MethoDs of Detection incluDe hyDrostatic testing, infrareD, anD laser technology AFter pipeline erection anD leak Detection During service.
    شركة عزل الاسطح بالرياض
    تسليك مجاري بالدمام
    تسليك مجاري بالرياض
    جلى بلاط بالرياض

  4. All of your sum of money will incorporate pertinent tradition works, Property tax returns, Stock broker along with others fees and penalties. That quantities is foreclosures change before you make pay back. The local surf forecast in an european partner town rather than english, Importance value-added tax on the selling not really recoverable.

    This amazing volume can include maillot foot 2018 important methods requirements, tax, Broker coupled with other payments. This one helping manuel neuer trikot rot is be more responsive to change soon you make maillot de foot pas cher contribution. Coach Outlet Online Store The local surf forecast in an western european Maglie Calcio Poco Prezzo affiliate indicate possibility british, Signific value-added tax within this decide on just isn't recoverable. Maglie Da Calcio a Poco Prezzo

    This method enterprise is made hummel trikots of topical traditions work, Taxation, Brokerage house and various amount. Now this situation enterprise is at the mercy of change before you make payment dfb trikot müller to you. The local surf forecast in an Camisetas De Futbol Baratas european person point higher great britain, Significance value-added tax on this subject resultados de futbol pick not really recoverable.

  5. Algunas tiendas de Internet que venden bolsos michael kors baratos tienen los estilos más novedosos y más recientes que Coach tiene para ofrecer. bolsos michael kors baratos son los líderes en su mercado y lo han sido desde hace algún tiempo. Dado que bolsas michael kors outlet es tan alcanzable debido a sus precios más bajos, se ha convertido en el Bolsos Michael Kors Baratos más popular hasta la fecha.(Fuente

    Om du letar efter Michael Kors Väska Rea och vill betala ett visst pris, är det bästa sättet att gå till det via auktionswebbplatser. Skulle du bara ge upp att äga en autentisk Michael Kors Väska helt och hållet eftersom du vet att din budget inte tillåter det? Eller skulle du söka på Internet för den Väskor Michael Kors Rea i hopp om att du hittar det för några dollar mindre? Om din dröm är att äga michael kors väska rea, gör dina drömmar giltiga genom att gå online och hitta den michael kors plånbok som du vill ha.(Källa frå

    La première étape pour obtenir Longchamp Soldes Destockage à prix réduit consiste à aller en ligne. La deuxième étape consisterait à rechercher des sites proposant des Longchamp Soldes dans votre budget d'achat. Je connais un endroit formidable qui propose des chaussures, des accessoires et des mercedes longchamp pour non seulement quelques dollars de moins que le commerce de détail, mais des centaines de moins. La bonne solution serait de chercher ailleurs ce sac longchamp solde en particulier et bien d’autres jusqu’à ce que vous l’obteniez et de ne jamais abandonner vos rêves.(Source à partir


Blogging tips