Orzo Salad Recipe
One of the common ingredients that I keep on hand is Mezzetta Chicago Style Mild Giardiniera. This Italian Sandwich Mix, called giardiniera, is a chopped, pickled veggie salad that is preserved in oil. Mezzetta Giardiniera can be used in sandwiches, on green salads, or as part of recipes when you need a kick of flavor. It contains green bell peppers, canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, celery, carrots, cauliflower, red bell peppers, olives, white wine vinegar, sea salt, spices, and natural preservatives and color stabilizers. You can see why it is so flavorful and colorful! The spices are Italian spices. When this is combined with pasta, Ranch dressing, and some shredded cheese, the result is yum, yum! Try making some soon.
Orzo Salad Recipe
1 ½ cups uncooked orzo (I used Barilla.)
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
¼ teaspoon seasoned salt
½ cup giardiniera (I used Mezzetta's Chicago Style Mild Giardiniera.)
¼ cup Ranch dressing (I used Hidden Valley.)
½ cup shredded cheese (I used a Mexican blend.)
Freshly ground pepper to taste
If you salt the cooking water heavily, reduce the amount of flavored salt that you add to the orzo. The giardiniera, Ranch, and cheese all contain salt, too.
When you measure the giardiniera, be sure to let most of the oil drain back into the bottle. There will be some oil on the vegetables, and that is fine. You just don't want your salad swimming in oil.
Follow the directions on the orzo package and cook it to your desired doneness. Drain and rinse the orzo under cold water until it is cool. Drain it thoroughly. Pour the orzo into a serving bowl and sprinkle it with the garlic and seasoned salts. Pour in the giardiniera and stir well. Add the Ranch and stir, then add the cheese and give the salad a final stir. Cover the bowl and chill for at least 3 hours.
This is a pretty little salad that tastes as good as it looks. The Mezzetta Chicago Style Mild Giardiniera contributes colorful little bits throughout the salad and a burst of flavor in every bite. Try some today. You won't be disappointed.
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