The orzo in this salad is reminiscent of pine needles and when dressed in pesto brings a lovely green hue. Perlini mozzarella balls become ornaments, as do cherry tomatoes and ribbons of basil and pepperoni. I do not add salt as I find the pepperoni and pesto to be ample enough. Additional toppings to consider are slivers of red onion, black olives, and diced green bell pepper. I don't like balsamic vinegar, thus the lemon juice.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook orzo in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

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  • Add pesto and lemon juice to the orzo; toss to coat. Mix in tomatoes, mozzarella cheese balls, and pepperoni strips. Refrigerate for 8 hours to overnight.

  • Mix in basil right before serving.

Nutrition Facts

331 calories; protein 14.7g; carbohydrates 43.8g; fat 11g; cholesterol 19.9mg; sodium 288.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 3 stars
02/13/2020
Just not enough taste for me. I followed the receipt, it was very colorful and looked nice on the dinner plate but I love balsamic vinegar so I would try again. Read More
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