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Summer Strawberry Cold Orzo Salad

Summer Strawberry Cold Orzo Salad

You’ll never miss orzo pasta once you make this incredible, and super sneaky Banza (chickpea) rice, into the super satisfying summer orzo salad.

Rice made from chickpeas? You must think I am kidding. But just go with me here. Banza rice perfectly mimics the texture and taste of our beloved rice. Without the worry of eating grains, or gluten for that matter. And it is SO much quicker and easier to make than other rice wannabes. It’s the ultimate substitute … good bye cauliflower rice (and I ain’t mad about it). In just one serving there is 11 g of protein and 5 g of fiber. OH ya. I must say, as a rice LOVER, this recipe I have made here certainly does not make me miss the real deal.

And since I have just gone strawberry picking with my lil man, I created a sweet and zingy pasta salad you will be craving all summer long. It’s super healthy, nutritious, filled with the good stuff, and none of the bad. Gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free. Your gut will thank me all summer long!

TLBS Orzo Salad

Makes two appetizer servings. Double the recipe for sharing/party portion

You’ll need …

  • 1/2 c Banza rice

  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest ( equal to 1 lemon)

  • 2 tsp lemon (equal to 1 lemon)

  • 1 Tbsp EVOO (my favorite here)

  • 1/2 c strawberries chopped

  • 1/2 tsp honey

  • 1/2 c packed spinach, then chop

  • 1/4 c cubed feta

  • 5 grape tomatoes, chopped

  • Mint for garnish

  • scallions, chopped for garnish

What to do…

  1. Follow Banza pack for rice instructions. 1/2 c of dried rice is enough for two to share as an app or for one as a meal. Set aside into a medium bowl and cool while you prepare other ingredients.

  2. Add lemon zest, juice and olive oil into bowl with rice. Gently mix and fluff with fork.

  3. Chop the strawberries and drizzle honey over the top and gently mix.

  4. Chop the spinach, feta and tomatoes and place in small size bowl and add the strawberries.

  5. Add mixture of small bowl to the medium size bowl. Gently mix with a fork.

  6. Add garnish if desired.



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