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Orzo Salad
with feta, broccolini, and chickpeas

Active: 30 minTotal: 30 min
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With orzo from last night ready to go, this is an easy pasta salad for weeknight eating (or a warm picnic). Sundried tomatoes provide a tasty base to cover your salad ingredients. Our paleo option features salmon in place of the beans and orzo.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Orzo and Broccolini Salad:
  • Orzo - 1/2 lb
  • Broccolini - 1 lb, chopped
  • Dijon mustard - 2 tsp
  • Garlic - 1 clove, peeled
  • Sundried tomatoes - 3 Tbsp ((Ideally stored in oil))
  • Red wine or sherry vinegar - 3 Tbsp
  • Olive oil - 1/3 cup
  • Parsley - 1/2 bunch, chopped
  • Garbanzo beans - 2 cups, rinsed and drained ((~1 can))
  • Feta - 2 oz, crumbled
  • Lemon - 1, juice of

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Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Orzo - If not already cooked yesterday, bring a saucepan of water to boil. Salt generously (that water should taste like the ocean!) and add orzo. Cook according to package instructions. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  2. Broccolini - Chop into 1” (2.5 cm) long segments. Place in a microwave-safe pan and cover with a wet paper towel. Microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Make dressing - Puree Dijon, garlic, sundried tomatoes, vinegar, and olive oil in a food processor or blender (or in the tall cup that should have come with your immersion blender). Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Parsley / Garbanzo beans - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

Make

  1. Toss orzo with broccolini, parsley, chickpeas, feta, and dressing. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and lemon juice as needed.
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Reviews

This meal has 23 reviews

Didn't have broccolini at the store when I went so we substituted broccoli. One of my sons helped prepare this and it was very yummy! Definitely going to make this one again.

By: Kathi
Posted: Mar 22, 2018
Diet: Original

Pretty good! Steamed the broccolini instead of microwaving it. My husband usually loathes pasta salad but he enjoyed this. Maybe would add some paprika or something next time to give it a little more flavor?

By: Sundi
Posted: Mar 30, 2015
Diet: Original

Good flavor and textures. Makes an enormous amount of food! I ended up adding doubling the feta since it seemed to disappear in the vast pile of orzo and broccolini.

By: Amanda
Posted: Dec 15, 2014
Diet: Original

Made with rotisserie chicken instead of garbanzos. Next time will make a faster version without the sundried tomatoes so I don't have to get the food processor dirty.

By: Lauren
Posted: Aug 08, 2014
Diet: Original

Forgot the feta. Still plenty of flavor.

By: Taryn
Posted: May 06, 2014
Diet: Original

Very tasty. Will definitely make again!

By: Grace
Posted: Apr 30, 2014
Diet: Original