Mediterranean Orzo Salad

This delicious recipe is a wonderful summer time option as an appetizer or a light entrée.

This spinach and whole wheat pasta salad, tossed with sun-dried tomatoes and garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas), is satisfying enough as a light main course, or perfect to serve alongside grilled entrées.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound whole wheat orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
  • 1/4 pound baby spinach (about 4 packed cups)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 24 pieces sun-dried tomatoes in extra-virgin olive oil, chopped, plus one tablespoon oil from the jar
  • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas), rinsed and drained
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Method:

  • Cook orzo in a large pot of boiling salt- ed water until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Drain, rinse in cold water and drain again.
  • In a large bowl, toss with remaining ingredients and serve.

Recipe From Whole Foods

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Nutritional Info
Per Serving: 390 calories (50 from fat), 6 g total fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 430 mg sodium, 71 g carbohydrate (12 g dietary fiber, 10 g sugar), 15 g protein

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