Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Avoid this recipe if you are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is NOT safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"Life is a combination of magic and pasta."
-Fellini, Italian filmmaker

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You have to use some salt in your food. This salad with salt gives that pop in your mouth of all the ingredients coming together. Remember that 1/8 tsp is about 300 mg of sodium. Look at the other ingredients to make sure there’s enough salt in the recipe to make it taste good.

Al Dente

An Italian phrase whose literal translation means "to the tooth." A food is said to be cooked al dente when there is a slight resistance when it is bitten. The term is used for any food, not just pasta. Lightly blanched asparagus, for example, is said to be cooked al dente.


Lemon Basil Orzo Salad

Servings = 6 | Serving size =about 2 cups salad

Cooking Time = 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3.

This recipe keeps well for about 48 hours.

2 quarts water
2 cups orzo
1/4 cup non-fat sour cream
1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
16 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes
1 large carrot (peeled and cut matchstick)
1 cup green bell pepper (diced)
1/2 cup fresh basil (chiffonade)

Place the water in a large stock-pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Add the orzo and cook for about ten minutes until the orzo is al dente. Drain and chill the pasta for at least one hour.

While the orzo is chilling, mix together sour cream, mayonnaise, olive oil, salt and lemon juice. Chill well.

Add vegetables and orzo to the dressing and toss well.

Chill for at least 2 hours; overnight is best. Add the basil and fold into the salad about 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = about 2 cups salad

Servings = 6


Amount Per Serving

Calories 345 Calories from Fat 46
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 5g 8%
    Saturated Fat 1g 4%
    Monounsaturated Fat 2g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 253mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 63g 21%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
    Sugars 5g  
Protein 11g  
Vitamin A 53% Vitamin C 53%
Calcium 4% Iron 17%
Vitamin K 24 mcg Potassium 358 mg
Magnesium 52 mg