Fall Harvest Orzo Salad

This recipe combines some of fall’s best produce to make a yummy pasta salad that can be eaten as a main meal or side dish.

Apples can reduce cholesterol and constipation symptoms and are high in anti-inflammatory compounds. Cranberries only have 2 mg of sodium, 24 mg of potassium and 5 mg of phosphorus. All-in-all this dish only has 289 calories per serving.

Give it a try and let us know in the comments if you liked it.

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked orzo, chilled (about 1 2/3 cups dried orzo)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 cups fresh apples of choice, cored and diced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup blanched almonds, chopped

Fall Harvest Orzo Salad

Instructions
1. In a medium-sized bowl, add all the ingredients except blue cheese and almonds. Gently combine until everything is well incorporated.
2. Transfer the mixture to a serving dish and sprinkle with the crumbled blue cheese and almonds and serve.

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