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Grilled Vegetable Orzo Salad

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Grill: 10 min.

Makes

8 servings

Vegetables that are in season make great additions to this orzo salad. It's the perfect side dish for a picnic, it can easily be doubled for a crowd, or you can add grilled chicken to make it a filling entree. —Danielle Miller, Westfield, Indiana
Grilled Vegetable Orzo Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1/2 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 medium sweet yellow or red pepper, halved
  • 1 large portobello mushroom, stem removed
  • 1/2 medium red onion, halved
  • DRESSING:
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • SALAD:
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese

Directions

  1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Place vegetables in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients. Add to vegetables and toss to coat.
  2. Remove vegetables, reserving dressing. Grill mushroom, pepper and onion, covered, over medium heat 5-10 minutes or until tender, turning occasionally. Grill asparagus and zucchini, covered, 3-4 minutes or until desired doneness, turning occasionally.
  3. When cool enough to handle, cut vegetables into bite-size pieces. In a large bowl, combine cooked orzo, grilled vegetables, tomatoes, parsley, basil, salt, pepper and reserved dressing; toss to combine. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate until cold. Just before serving, stir in cheese.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 260 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 352mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.

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