favorite pasta salad or rice salad
I love this orzo salad:
Chicken & Orzo Salad
1/3C pine nuts
1 deli BBQ chicken, meat removed from bones and shredded
2C cooked orzo (1 box Ronzoni brand)
Mustard Vinaigrette (see below)
3-6 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 lb. feta cheese, crumbled (can use up to 1/2 lb.)
Kalamata olives to taste
Toast nuts in frying pan; cool
Mix all ingredients and eat. Can be served chilled or at room temp.
1T dijon mustard
1T chopped shallots
1/2t minced garlic
2T chopped parsley
2T red wine vinegar or lemon juice (or combination of both)
6T olive oil
In food processor, mix all but oil. Slowly add oil and blend.
Can double or triple this recipe.
I make a brown rice salad with mayo, lemon juice, sugar, curry powder, simmered raisins (to make them plump), apples, and almonds. I use Trader Joe's fabulous prepared frozen brown rice. Makes up really fast and tastes divine. You could branch out and add other things as you like.. dried apricots instead of raisins, red peppers, whatever!