The creamy quick-blend dressing is just the thing to top this inspired Southwest pasta salad. Both can be made a day ahead.

Diabetic Living Magazine
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Recipe Summary

active:
30 mins
total:
2 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

Salad
Dressing

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare salad: In a medium saucepan, cook orzo according to package directions, adding corn during the last 1 minute of cooking; drain. Rinse with cold water to cool quickly; drain well. In a large bowl, combine orzo mixture, chicken, tomatoes, and cilantro. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours.

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  • Meanwhile, prepare dressing: In a blender or food processor, combine 1 small avocado, seeded, peeled, and cut up; 1/3 cup water; 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel; 1/4 cup lime juice; 4 cloves garlic, minced; 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper; and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Transfer dressing to a small bowl. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours.

  • To serve, drizzle salad with dressing.

Tips

To make ahead: Prepare salad and dressing as directed and refrigerate in separate airtight containers for up to 24 hours. Toss salad with dressing just before serving. To pack for lunch: Prepare salad and dressing as directed. After chilling, spoon 1 cup of the salad into an airtight container; cover. Spoon 1/4 cup of the dressing into a small airtight container; cover. Transport salad and dressing in an insulated lunch box with ice packs and hold for up to 5 hours. To serve, drizzle salad with dressing.

Nutrition Facts

321 calories; protein 30.3g 61% DV; carbohydrates 30.1g 10% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 7g 28% DV; sugars 2.6g; fat 9.7g 15% DV; saturated fat 2.8g 14% DV; cholesterol 64.5mg 22% DV; vitamin a iu 834.3IU 17% DV; vitamin c 16.8mg 28% DV; folate 50.4mcg 13% DV; calcium 93.8mg 9% DV; iron 2mg 11% DV; magnesium 42.7mg 15% DV; potassium 544.4mg 15% DV; sodium 439.1mg 18% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2019
Made this for a picnic. Everyone loved it. The bowl was completely empty by the time dinner was done. Super easy and tasty. Read More