Orzo Salad with Spicy Buttermilk Dressing

Lynette !


Love macaroni salad, and love orzo....this is a combination of the two. This is a variation of what was found in a local newspaper, the Gulf Breeze News.


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20 Min
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  • SALAD:

  • 1 c
    orzo pasta, uncooked
  • 1 c
  • 12
    cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 3
    green onions, sliced
  • 15 oz
    can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1/4 c
    buttermilk (low fat ok)
  • 3 Tbsp
    fresh cilantro, chopped and divided
  • 3 Tbsp
    fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp
    sour cream (light ok)
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground red pepper
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced

  • 1
    avocado, peeled and pitted, cut into 8 slices
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh parsley, chopped

How to Make Orzo Salad with Spicy Buttermilk Dressing


  1. Cook orzo according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and rinse; drain well.
  2. Place orzo, corn, and next 3 ingredients (through beans) in a large bowl; toss.
  3. Combine buttermilk, 2 tablespoons cilantro, and next 8 ingredients (through garlic) in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk.
  4. Drizzle over orzo mixture; toss. Top with avocado; garnish with remaining cilantro and parsley.

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About Orzo Salad with Spicy Buttermilk Dressing

Course/Dish: Pasta Sides, Pasta Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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