Friday, May 1, 2015
CREAMY LEMON ORZO WITH PEAS AND HAM
Here is a super easy cold salad to make for that hot summer day, make it ahead and enjoy with that burger or steak you are grilling!
1 1/4 cups uncooked orzo or rosamarina pasta
4 small lemons
1 1/2 cups cubed cooked ham
1 cup Greek 100 plain yogurt (from 2-lb container)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 box (9 oz) frozen sweet peas
1 cup chopped fresh mixed herbs (parsley, chives, dill weed, mint leaves, etc.)
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
2 green onions, white and green parts thinly sliced
Cook and drain pasta as directed on package; set aside to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, into large bowl, grate peel of 1 lemon. Into measuring cup, squeeze enough lemon juice from lemons to measure 1/2 cup. Add 1/4 cup of the lemon juice to bowl of grated peel. Add pasta, and stir.
Stir in ham, yogurt, mustard, salt, pepper and shallot until well combined. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
Meanwhile, cook and drain frozen peas as directed on box. Cool; add to chilled pasta mixture along with herbs, toasted almonds and sliced green onions.
Stir until well combined. Add enough of remaining 1/4 cup lemon juice to desired taste, as well as more salt and pepper, if needed. Cover and refrigerate leftovers.
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 204 Sodium 714 mg
Total Fat 6 g Potassium 0 mg
Saturated 2 g Total Carbs 24 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber 3 g
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 0 g
Trans 0 g Protein 14 g
Cholesterol 22 mg
Vitamin A 0% Calcium 0%
Vitamin C 0% Iron 0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.