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Sun-dried Tomato and Mozzarella Orzo Salad

For the weekly salad I took a recipe idea I saw and played with it. It definitely needs a couple of hours to let the flavors blend together before eating. While I used ciliengini balls of fresh mozzarella, you can substitute any fresh mozzarella and cut it down in size. I used Precious brand and was pleasantly surprised at how low the sodium is – 1 ounce or 5 pieces (5 balls) is a meager 60 mg of sodium! With 5 grams of protein and 70 skinny calories it is a great addition to salads (makes up for the dressing a tiny bit I would hope……)

Sun-dried Tomato and Mozzarella Orzo Salad


1 cup orzo pasta

8 ounces water packed fresh ciliengini mozzarella balls, drained and quartered

1/2 cup oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, small chopped

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar

2 tsp dry basil

1/2 tsp or more ground black pepper

Kosher salt to taste


Cook the orzo to package directions, drain and rinse with cool water, drain again. In a large bowl whisk the dressing together, add in the tomatoes (with any oil) and the mozzarella. Toss with the pasta and let chill for a couple of hours.

Serves 4.


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