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Orzo with Dried Plums and Almonds

Updated: Apr 17, 2023

Orzo, the rice-shaped pasta, is extremely versatile and makes for an excellent side dish or salad.
Orzo with Dried Plums and Almonds

Orzo, the rice-shaped pasta, is a great base for a side dish because it can be mixed with an endless variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and just about any salad dressing. Here I add dried plums, slivered almonds, and scallions and dress with a refreshing orange vinaigrette . Don't have plums? You can use any dried fruit. Don't have almonds? Use another type of nut. Endless possibilities!

Orzo with Dried Plums and Almonds

serves 4-6

1 cup orzo (whole grain variety preferred such as whole wheat or brown rice orzo)

1/3 cup dried plums, chopped into bite-size pieces (or any dried fruit)

2 tablespoons slivered almonds

1 scallion, sliced thin on the diagonal

For the Orange Vinaigrette :

(Makes 1 cup - you will use only 1/2 cup in this recipe)

2 teaspoons orange zest

1 orange, peeled

2 tablespoons roughly chopped red onion

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon chia seeds

Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water.

Spread the slivered almonds on a baking sheet and toast in a 350° oven for 4 minutes.

In a high powered blender, blend the dressing ingredients until smooth.

In a bowl toss the orzo with 1/2 cup of the dressing and stir in the plums, almonds, and the scallion slices. Serve at room temperature.

*This dressing keeps for several days and goes well with any salad.

Orzo is a great base for side dishes and salads. Here it is combined with dried plums, scallions, almonds and an orange vinaigrette. Use as a side dish, salad, or anytime snack.
Orzo with Dried Plums and Almonds

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