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California Avocado Orzo Salad

Total time:

15 min

Prep time:

n/a

Cook time:

15 min

Nutritional Highlights (Per serving) See Full
340 Calories
19 g Fat
5 g Fiber
240 mg Sodium
36 g Carbs
California Avocado Orzo Salad

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If your kids suffer from brown bag boredom, shake things up by offering fun lunchbox alternatives like this playful pasta salad. With California Avocados as the star ingredient, you’ll get great flavors in every bite, and nearly 20 vitamins and minerals and monounsaturated fat. This recipe is also an excellent source (at least 20% of Daily Value) of dietary fiber and folate; a good source (10%-19% of Daily Value) of potassium, vitamin C and iron; and provides nine grams of protein per serving.

Ingredients

Serves: 6

8 oz. dried orzo pasta
2 ripe, Fresh California Avocados, seeded, peeled, and diced into 1/2-in. pieces
4 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest
1/3 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and cut into quarters
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 English cucumber, diced into 1/2-in. pieces
1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
2 Tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
1 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
As needed Salt and pepper to taste

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting.
Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados.

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse under cold water until the pasta cools, drain again, and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, gently toss the avocados in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
  3. Add the avocados, lemon zest, olives, feta, cucumber, pine nuts and dill into the pasta and mix to combine. Add the remaining lemon juice, olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.

Serving Suggestion: To pack in a lunchbox, place the pasta salad in a container with a tight-fitting lid.

Beverage Pairing: Pair with a glass of water with a refreshing slice of lemon. In a lunchbox, pack with a non-fat or low-fat milk jug or water bottle.

* Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Nutrition information per serving

Calories 340
Total Fat 19 g (Sat 3.5 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 4 g, Mono 10 g)
Cholesterol 5 mg
Sodium 240 mg
Potassium 370 mg
Total Carbohydrates 36 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Total Sugar 3 g
Protein 9 g

Vitamin A 143 IU; Vitamin C 9 mg; Calcium 62 mg; Iron 2 mg; Vitamin D 1 IU; Folate 130 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.1g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin C 15%; Calcium 6% ; Iron 10%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

About the author

Liz Weiss, MS, RD and Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD

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