Light and Refreshing Sesame Orzo Salad
540 mins (prep 60, cooking 480)
21 ingredients
10 servings
This is something that I came up with to take to a cookout today. Grilled salmon and steak were served, and this went very well with it and was well-liked. This has a very delicate and subtle flavor (it was described by one person as "light and refreshing," which is where the name comes from). I wanted something with an Asian feel but I didn't want to make an Oriental coleslaw - I love those, but I just wasn't in the mood for anything that sweet or vinegar-y. The bulk of the flavor comes from the sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds, so I don't think those two ingredients should be substituted. This salad can be served at any temperature, but I do strongly recommend refrigerating overnight since it takes time for the flavor to fully develop. I liked the light taste and "dryness" of the dressing, but feel free to make up more dressing if your tastes are different than mine. This would also be good with rice in place of the orzo. This filled up a 2.5 quart serving bowl. Cook time is refrigerator time.

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Serving Size (52.46 g)
Servings 10
Amount per Serving
Calories 38.08 Calories from Fat 14.4
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.6g 24.69%
Saturated Fat 0.23g 11.34%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 33.56mg 13.98%
Total Carbohydrate 5.02g 16.72%
Dietary Fiber 1.47 g 58.84%
Sugars 2.98 g %
Protein 1.22g 24.45%
Vitamin A 2660.71IU% Vitamin C 19.4mg%
Calcium 42.3mg% Iron 0.79mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
orzo pasta, fresh broccoli florets, fresh mung bean sprouts, water chestnuts, roasted sunflower seeds, light sesame oil, cloves garlic