Italian Orzo Pasta Salad – a Favorite!

Posted: February 9, 2011 in Recipes, Recipes - Football
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Italian Orzo Salad

This is a favorite at football/soccer/baseball/lacrosse (any sporting event!) parties, and yet elegant enough to serve the girlfriends at Bunco Night 🙂

 

Pasta Salad

1 box Orzo pasta, boiled and drained

2 chicken breasts, cut into small pieces

½ stick peppered salami, chopped

30 Kalamata olives, sliced in

    1/2 length-wise

1 8.5-ounce jar sundried tomatoes

1 16.5-ounce marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

¼ cup red onion , finely chopped

½ bunch fresh basil                      

½ cup pine nuts

1 8-ounce goat cheese

1 12-ounce bag of spinach leaves  (for cold version)

Dressing

¾ cup olive oil

1 ½ lemons (juice from the lemons

    squeezed into dressing)

2-3 tsp crushed garlic

2 tsp Balsamic vinegar

Salt & pepper, to taste

 

Directions:

Create Dressing in a separate container and mix well.   In a large bowl, add all the pasta salad ingredients together, tossing gently.  Add the Dressing, again, mixing into the Pasta Salad.  It’s that easy and sooo impressive!

EnJOY!

xo  Christie Lynch xo

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