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OHC Delicious Nutritious Herbed Orzo Salad Recipe Rita Nader Heikenfeld

Delicious, Nutritious Herbed Orzo Salad Recipe

Rita Nader Heikenfeld, CCP, CMH, Blogs, Healthy Living, 0 comments
June 21, 2016


This makes a lot, but leftovers are a must! Go to taste on seasonings, adding more if you wish. This salad is chock full of nutrients. The whole wheat contains vitamin E and helps our digestive systems. Bite for bite, few vegetables contain as much beta-carotene as red bell peppers. Beta-carotene is a potent antioxidant.

Garlic and onions have phytonutrients, which stimulate enzymes that suppress tumor growth. Plus, they elevate this salad to new levels of tastiness!


  • 1 pound whole wheat orzo, cooked according to package
  • 1 cup diced red onions
  • 1 cup frozen shoe peg corn, cooked in microwave 1 minute
  • 1 cup diced red bell peppers
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced, white root end also
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1 cup toasted slivered almonds, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 handful fresh basil, chopped
  • A couple handfuls baby arugula
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Shredded Romano cheese for garnish
  • Drain orzo and let cool a bit. Toss with everything but cheese.
  • Set aside while making dressing.

White Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 generous teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry basil or 2 tablespoons or so fresh, julienned
  • 1/2 cup each canola and olive oils
  • Salt and pepper to taste (start with a teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper)

Whisk everything together. Pour over salad and mix gently. Adjust seasonings. Serve warm, room temperature or cold sprinkled with Romano and almonds.

Rita Nader Heikenfeld, CCP, CMH is a member of the Escoffier Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Presidents’ Medal ACF. Rita is a renowned herbalist, author, food columnist, educator, and speaker. And she graciously contributes her healthy recipes to ohcare.com. Learn more about Rita on her website.


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