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Feb 072011

Orzo Garbanzo Salad

Whole wheat orzo, buttery garbanzo, aromatic olive oil and a touch of herbs and spices- all together as a salad! A quick to make and equally quick to eat deliciousness.

I would like to say that this recipe is open for interpretations. Add in more stuff like grilled chicken or pan seared fish, or (grilled tofu for a vegan/vegetarian  dish)  change the combination of herbs but do try making it.  It is a nutritious recipe and makes for a great work lunch. I used canned garbanzo beans for this recipe.


  • 1 C                       rinsed garbanzo beans
  • ¼ C                     diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbs                  finely chopped shallots
  • 2 tbs                   olive oil
  • 1 tbs                   basil Chiffonade ( make this just before serving)
  • ½ tsp                 ground black pepper
  • 2 C                      al dente whole wheat Orzo
  • 1 tsp                  dried oregano, thyme and mint (all dried  … all together)
  • 1 tsp                   lime juice
  • Salt to taste


Here is the fun part.

  • Shake together-  salt, pepper, lemon and olive oil to make a vinaigrette
  • Mix the garbanzo beans, tomatoes, shallots and orzo.
  • Stir in the dried herbs, and the vinaigrette
  • Cover and allow to stand for at least 30 minutes
  • Serve with the basil chiffonade.

I also add toasted sesame seeds tot he dressing for a nutty crunch!~ enjoy!

 Posted by on February 7, 2011 at 6:53 PM  Tagged with: ,

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Comments (2)
  1. Thank you Ranjini. I am a hopeless salad head too, so Nice to meet you 😀

  2. Absolutely loved this one. I’m a hopeless salad-head and I love orzo! This is probably my first note here, but have long admired this blog and its appetizing creations. Great stuff!


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