Orzo Cucumber Salad

A perfect combination of crunchy vegetables, spices, citrus extra virgin olive oil and pasta makes for a fresh-tasting side dish or lunch.

Ingredients: 

¾ cup whole-wheat orzo pasta, cooked and drained (2 cups cooked)
½ medium cucumber, seeded and diced
¼ cup finely chopped mushrooms
¼ cup chopped orange bell pepper
1 medium green onion, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
⅓ cup pure or extra light olive oil
1½ teaspoons grated lemon peel
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions: 
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the orzo, cucumber, mushrooms, pepper, green onion, and dill.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon peel, lemon juice, and salt until combined.
  3. Pour the dressing over the orzo and vegetables. Toss to mix.
  4. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes to blend flavors.

For more recipes, visit North American Olive Oil Association.
 

Nutritional Analysis: 
Calories: 210, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 100mg, Carbohydrate: 17g, Fiber: 4g, Protein: 3g
Yield: 
6 Servings

Courtesy of the North American Olive Oil Association

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