Healthy Eating: Spring Orzo Salad

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Orzo is a shape of pasta that looks like a grain of plump rice. It’s a quick cooking, fun addition to any salads or soups.

Salad:

4 cups chicken broth

1 1/2 cups orzo pasta

15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1 1/2 red and/or yellow teardrop or grape tomatoes cut in half

3/4 cup chopped red onion

1/2 cup basil, chopped

1/4 cup mint, chopped

Salt and pepper

Cook orzo in broth about 10 minutes. Cool. Toss with remaining ingredients and vinaigrette.

Red Wine Vinaigrette:

1/2 red wine vinegar

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 teaspoons honey

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

3/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup olive oil

Put all ingredients except oil in processor and mix. Gradually add olive oil. You also can just whisk all ingredients together. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Adapted from Lisa Williams’ recipe in the "Fair Family Favorites — Celebrating 100 Years of the Routt County Fair." Copies of this cookbook are available for purchase at the Routt County CSU Extension Office. Proceeds benefit the Routt County Fair exhibit hall.

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