Friday, April 29, 2011

orzo salad with spicy buttermilk dressing

My friend recently mentioned to me that she has been disappointed not to see as many of my regular recipe posts. So Megan, this one's for you! I have been trying to find some yummy, light recipes to make for my family. When I got my Cooking Light magazine in the mail this month, I knew I had to try the Orzo Salad with Spicy Buttermilk Dressing. It was a big hit and I will definitely be making it again. I hope you enjoy it too!

Orzo Salad with Spicy Buttermilk Dressing

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed and drained
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons light sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 peeled avocado, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

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

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9 Responses to “orzo salad with spicy buttermilk dressing”

-Sydney- said...

YUM!!!! I'm totally going to make this!

Andrea said...

I often buy orzo and then don't know what to do with it...this recipe sounds fab...thank you

Megs said...

Love seeing Friday food back in the line up this week. This looks delicious. I love orzo. I have found that the bulk orzo from Winco is better than the orzo from a box. Thanks for the recipe!!

Lindsey said...

I have been in search of a good orzo salad recipe! I am definitely going to try this one out! It looks delicious!

Buckeye Mom said...

I am salivating! Must make. Must eat!

Icequeen81 said...

Seems so lovely healthy and delicious

Mae said...

yumm-o! I definitely want to eat that. lol. :)

linds.eliz said...

yum! i would like to eat that right now, please!

I don't think I tell you this enough, but your blog is way too cute. I love all of the DIY posts! I share them with ppl at work all the time! Speaking of which, check out my Blog Trade-Off post! Trying to share great blogs with others!!

Have a great Sunday!

Malmbergs said...

Made this salad today and loved it! We had a hot roll and fresh fruit to go with it. Makes a nice light meal especially with the hot summer months coming.

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