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Grilled Orzo Salad

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Cook Time: 10 min.
Grilled veggies and orzo make an unforgettably tasty pasta salad.


  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) pattypan squash, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) zucchini, sliced lengthwise 1/2-inch thick
  • 5 oz radicchio, quartered
  • 1 1/2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups (1 pound) cooked orzo pasta, cooled to room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sliced olives
  • 2 Tbs red wine vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbs minced shallots
  • 2 tsp chopped thyme
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup (1 1/2 ounces) toasted sliced almonds


  • In a large mixing bowl, toss squash, zucchini and radicchio with 1/2 Tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill vegetables over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes per side until marked and tender. Transfer to a clean cutting board and allow to cool slightly.
  • When cooled, dice squash and zucchini into 1/4-inch pieces and shred raddichio into 1/4-inch strips (removing the core), then place into a large mixing bowl. Toss in orzo and olives and set aside. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together remaining olive oil, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, shallots and thyme.
  • Pour into vegetable and pasta mixture and stir until evenly combined. Mix in basil, goat cheese and almonds just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 598
  Calories from Fat 167 (28%)
(30%)Total Fat 19g
(23%)Saturated Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
(4%)Cholesterol 11mg
(22%)Sodium 523mg
(12%)Potassium 423mg
Total Carbohydrate 87g
(22%)Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 2g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(40%)Protein 20g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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