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Bellepepper's Orzo and Wild Rice Salad

Rated as 4.84 out of 5 Stars

"I enjoyed this salad at a well-known restaurant and when they wouldn't divulge the recipe, I created my own. Although a bit time consuming, everything can be prepared at least a day ahead, covered and refrigerated. I took this salad to the 2011 AR Buckeye Bash and am posting for those who requested the recipe. This salad may be served cold or at room temperature."
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30 m servings 297
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Combine orzo, wild rice, orange bell pepper, red bell pepper, corn, currants, and red onion together in a large bowl.
  2. Blend vegetable oil, sugar, white wine vinegar, cider vinegar, minced onion, white pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and 1 pinch salt together in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  3. Mix pecans, almonds, and parsley into orzo mixture. Drizzle enough dressing to coat salad; toss to evenly coat. Season with salt and black pepper.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 297 calories; 15.3 37 5.5 0 6 Full nutrition

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I submitted this recipe and wanted to pass along some info and tips. You can cook the orzo a few days in advance. Just drizzle the cooked orzo with just enough vegetable oil to very lightly coat...

Fantabulous stuff! I love wild rice and orzo, and the dressing is da bomb! It's one of those dishes I just want to eat and eat and eat. I did have to make some subs, dried cranberries instead of...

I have been making this quite often since Bellepepper brought it to the Buckeye Bash a few years ago. It is one of my favorite "go-to" salads for a BBQ with company (it also travels well)! I hav...

I get RAVE reviews every time I make this and never have leftovers as people take home as much as they can

Very interesting salad. We loved The blend if flavors and textures. However, it was much too sweet for our tastes. I'll definitely make again, but halve the sugar. I brought it to a party and g...

Review originally posted July 2011 when the recipe was still a personal recipe: This salad is going on our family favourites list! I made the rice and orzo ahead of time then tossed everything b...

This was a great salad. I hate cooking orzo, so maybe I will try something else next time. I didn't have any white pepper or currants, so used dried cranberries and just went without the white...

Good and different. I didn't use the wild rice the first time. It was too expensive for an experiment. It was good without it.

Bellepepper, this recipe is worthy of 5 stars. I am a major tweaker, but I made it exact, even the sugar amount was bang on! The currants add a nice subtle, sweet taste. Since currants are so ti...