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A perfect blend of refreshing and tangy! Crisp cucumbers, bell pepper and green onion give a perfect crunch to this orzo salad, with a dash of dill and lemon to top it off. Mushrooms add a hearty flavor, or can be left out for a cleaner, crisp dish.lightbox_orzosalad

 

Ingredients:

3/4 cups orzo pasta, cooked and drained (2 cups cooked)
1/2 medium cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded and diced
1/4 cup finely chopped mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped orange bell pepper
1 medium green onion, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1/3 cup olive oil or light-tasting olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation:

Blend all ingredients in medium bowl; toss to mix. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes to blend flavors

Tip:  For a decorative finish, sprinkle coarse salt on top of salad before serving.

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