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Italian Orzo Pasta Salad

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A mandatory salad for picnics, tailgating, or summer bbq's. This salad is very light and full of flavor. The added mint gives it that little fresh taste.
  Minced shallot 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Yellow bell pepper 1 , core removed, seeds removed, and diced
  Minced fresh mint 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Olive oil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Shallot 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs), minced
  Lemon juice 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), diced
  Lemon zest 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Pinch
  Black pepper 1 Pinch
  Orzo 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Yellow bell pepper 1 , core removed, seeds removed and diced
  Cucumber 1 , peel, slice in half, scoop out the seeds with a spoon, and dice
  Ricotta cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Mint 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), minced (Use Fresh)

1. In a bowl combine the olive oil, shallots, lemon juice, garlic cloves, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Allow to sit for 1/2 hour.
2. In a pot bring salted water to a boil over high heat.
3. Stir in the orzo pasta and allow to cook for 10 to 13 minutes until al dente.
4. Strain the pasta and rinse briefly under cold water.
5. Place the pasta in a serving bowl and stir in the oil mixture. Combine well. Allow to cool to room temperature.
6. When the pasta has cooled add the yellow bell pepper, cucumber, ricotta cheese, and mint.
7. Combine well and allow to sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
8. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Pasta, Rice
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
Are you looking for unique refreshing salad recipe for your picnic, tailgating or summer barbeque party? Here is an excellent video that shows a recipe for a light, flavorful and healthy salad. Watch this video and make this orzo pasta salad with a minty twist and enjoy!

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 521 Calories from Fat 219

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 25 g38%

Saturated Fat 5.9 g29.7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 20.9 mg7%

Sodium 84.6 mg3.5%

Total Carbohydrates 61 g20.4%

Dietary Fiber 3.5 g14%

Sugars 3.2 g

Protein 14 g29%

Vitamin A 17.8% Vitamin C 147.5%

Calcium 12.4% Iron 13.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Italian Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe Video