Fall Harvest Orzo Salad

Fall for the flavor! Diced apples, dried cherries, almonds, pepper, basil and blue cheese make this orzo salad sweet, savory and hearty. 
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: Serves 8 (1 serving = ½ cup)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked orzo, chilled (about 1 2/3 cups dried orzo)
  • 1 cup dried cherries (dried cranberries may be substituted)
  • 2 cups fresh apples, diced 
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • ¼ cup blanched almonds, chopped

Nutrition Per Serving

Calories 366 cal
Total Fat 12 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 6 mg
Sodium 103 mg
Carbohydrates 56 g
Protein 9 g
Phosphorus 148 mg
Potassium 281 mg
Dietary Fiber 3.5 g
Calcium 77 mg

Directions

  1. In a medium-size bowl, add all the ingredients except blue cheese and almonds, gently combining until well incorporated.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a serving dish, sprinkle with the crumbled blue cheese and almonds and serve.