Orzo Italian Pasta Salad

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4.84 from 6 votes

Orzo Italian Pasta Salad

I love this simple Italian pasta salad, it makes for a lovely lunch or a side dish for a bigger meal. Check the recipe notes to make the pasta salad oil-free.
My Notes:
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Meal Type: Lunch, Salads
Special: 30 Minutes or Less, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Oil-Free, Seasonal (Hot Weather), Soy-Free
Ingredient: Artichokes, Pasta
Servings: 4
Calories: 296kcal
Ingredients
For the salad:
  • 1 cup(s) dried orzo pasta (gluten-free if preferred)
  • 2 handfuls fresh spinach
  • 1 14oz can(s) artichoke hearts drained and chopped
  • 10 sun-dried tomatoes in oil chopped (reserve oil)
  • ½ red pepper chopped
  • ½ small red onion chopped
  • ¼ cup(s) fresh parsley chopped
For the dressing:
  • 1/4 cup(s) leftover oil from sun-dried tomato jar (if you don't have enough top with olive oil to make a 1/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon(s) red or white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced or pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) onion powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
  • Bring a medium-sized saucepan of water to a boil. Add in the pasta and cook according to the package directions.
  • Once the pasta has cooked, drain and pour into a large bowl. Mix the spinach into the hot pasta until it wilts slightly. Add in the artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, red pepper, red onion, and parsley.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the dressing ingredients. Add to the salad to taste and toss well.
Notes
Oil-free: to make oil-free use the sun-dried tomatoes that are packed in air. You will need to rehydrate them by soaking them in hot water for about 10 minutes. Reserve the water and use it in place of the oil when making the dressing.
Nutrition
Serving: 1serving (recipe makes 4 servings) | Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 39mg | Potassium: 366mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2288IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg
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