ORZO SALAD WITH GARDEN VEGETABLES AND LEMON VINAIGRETTE

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ORZO SALAD WITH GARDEN VEGETABLES AND LEMON VINAIGRETTE

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat or regular orzo pasta
1 clove smashed garlic
1 cup diced red onion
1 cup fresh corn kernels or equivalent frozen
1 diced red or orange bell pepper
1 bunch thinly sliced green onions, green part only (may not use all)
1-1/4 cups chopped dried apricots, currants, or golden raisins
1 cup toasted chopped hazelnuts, pine nuts or almonds plus extra for garnish
Handful fresh basil, torn coarsely
1 cup Swiss chard or Arugula, cut into small pieces if necessary
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
8 oz. shredded Italian cheese blend

Directions

Cook orzo according to package directions, but before you bring water to a boil,
add a smashed clove of garlic to water for flavor along with salt.
Drain and remove garlic.
Cool a bit then toss with everything but cheese.
Go to taste on the green onions.
Set aside while making dressing.

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