Southwestern Orzo Salad: Orzo Pasta mixed with sweet corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, and tossed with a simple and delicious Lemon Vinaigrette. This is really, reeeeeally good! Just what your 4th of July needs!!

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Happy Sunday! What’s going on, friends?

Wanna have a heart to heart? Okay. GOOD!

This week? As far as I’m concerned?? Well, it was ridiculawz! Hope you’re doing better than me! I found comfort in two slices of Chocolate Mousse Cake. Then I balanced it all out with a Banana, Kiwi and Kale Smoothie.

As long as we’re being honest… I didn’t get out of my pajamas today, either. I put on a fancy robe because I needed to at least feel fancy and lady-like, but that was about it. I did nothing. I also spent a day or two on the couch watching Cosby Show reruns!! I enjoyed each and every minute of it.

Were the good ol’ days really THAT good?!

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However, things are about to get way better up in hurr!

We’ve got this orzo salad to discuss aaaaand a KitchenAid Stand Mixer!!

As soon as warm weather hits, I’m pretty much preoccupied with corn, black beans, avocados and tomatoes. Ob.sessed.

This salad starts with the aforementioned beautiful foursome. However, normally a ton of quinoa gets mixed in with those beauties, but because this salad needed to feed about 8 people, orzo seemed like the better choice.

If I had to brag about it, I’d say that this salad is the epitome of summer salads. Tossed with a hint of lemon and olive oil, this salad, while light and refreshing, is flavorful and completely necessary.

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And, if you haven’t heard. There’s a KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway going on! Scroll past the recipe to ENTER! GOOD LUCK!! ENJOY!

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Southwestern Orzo Salad + KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 6 to 8

Southwestern Orzo Salad Recipe by Diethood Southwestern Orzo Salad + KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway

Orzo Pasta tossed with sweet corn, black beans, tomatoes and avocado.

Ingredients

    For the Orzo Salad
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked orzo
  • 1 can (15-oz) sweet corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15-oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1/4-cup fresh parsley leaves
  • grated parmesan cheese, optional
  • For the Dressing
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Cook Orzo according to the directions on the box.
  • Remove from heat; drain and rinse with cold water.
  • In a large salad bowl, combine cooled orzo, sweet corn, black beans, tomatoes, and avocado chunks; set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Add as much dressing as you want to the prepared orzo salad. Refrigerate any remaining salad dressing.
  • Toss salad, cover, and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • Garnish with parsley and grated parmesan cheese.
  • Serve.

Notes

RECIPE SOURCE: DIETHOOD

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12 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Edmond July 10, 2014 at 5:37 PM - Reply

    OMG, unique ingredients jazz up this salad. love the Southwest flavors! 2 fingers snap, girlfriends. . Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity.

  2. zerrin July 1, 2014 at 2:36 PM - Reply

    What a fantastic salad! The colors make it a perfect summer or spring salad! So nutritious too!

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM - Reply

    This might be my new fave salad, love the Southwest flavors!

  4. Consuelo - Honey & Figs June 29, 2014 at 5:22 PM - Reply

    Pajamas + chocolate mousse cake + smoothie??? Looks like you had a terrific Sunday! Also, this salad looks pretty amazing! I love the flavor combo here :)

  5. Pam June 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM - Reply

    Thanks for the give away, and sharing all these amazing pages. I just made the mango and quinoa salad today and it is delicious!

  6. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) June 29, 2014 at 11:12 AM - Reply

    You are indeed the salad queen! No doubt about it!

  7. Ramona June 29, 2014 at 6:30 AM - Reply

    I love this new southwest take on a pasta salad. Must give it a try. :)

  8. A_Boleyn June 29, 2014 at 3:50 AM - Reply

    Some very tasty ingredients in this salad.

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