Thursday, August 18, 2011

orzo and wild rice salad

     One of my summertime favorites was adapted by my friend, Marie as homage to j. alexander's popular orzo salad. Its great as a summer lunch or an accompaniment for dinner.
     When I eat at j. alexander, I usually pair this with their wood-fire grilled salmon... Mmm! I adjusted Marie's recipe a bit to suit my tastes... cause that's what it is all about! She adjusted their recipe to suit her... and the circle of creativity remains unbroken.
Ingredients
2 cups cooked orzo
1 cup cooked wild rice
1/4 c. diced red onions
1/4 c. dried cranberries
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
3 T. each, diced yellow and red bell pepper
3 T. basil, finely minced
2 T. Italian parsley, finely minced
dressing:
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 T. of honey
1 T. Dijon mustard
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
1/4 t. pepper
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup good extra virgin olive oil
Directions
for the salad:
Cook orzo and wild rice separately, per package direction, using chicken or vegetable stock instead of water. Drain, then briefly shock in cold water and refrigerate to chill. When chilled, place all ingredients in a mixing bowl including dressing and toss well. Serve very cold.
for the dressing:
Place all ingredients except oil, in small mixing bowl. Stir until blended. While vigorously stirring the mixture, slowly add oils. Toss with orzo and other salad ingredients.

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