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Blue Cheese Orzo Salad Recipe
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Blue Cheese Orzo Salad Recipe

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The crunch of walnuts and bacon is a pleasant contrast to the creamy rice-shaped pasta. The blue cheese and arugula lend a satisfying, savory quality.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 3/4 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 3 cups fresh arugula, torn
  • 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon Creole or stone-ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Cook orzo according to package directions; drain and place in a large bowl. Stir in the arugula, bacon, blue cheese, onions and walnuts.
  2. In a blender, combine the first six vinaigrette ingredients; cover and process until smooth. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Blue Cheese Orzo Salad in Country Woman February/March 2008, p27

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Reviewed Apr. 8, 2013

"This is a family and potluck favorite! If this is too much arugula for your tastes, then mix in spring lettuce mix as a substitute for some of it."

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2012

"Best side dish I've ever had! The flavors are amazing together, my new favorite!"

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"Great balance, delicious!"

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