By Alma Schneider

This orzo salad side dish is the perfect accompaniment to some grilled ribs, chicken sliders. You can double or triple the recipe for a crowd.

Ingredients (salad):

* 3 cups cooked orzo (just boil uncooked orzo like pasta and drain when tender)

* 2 chopped carrots, small dice

* 2 cups corn, freshly cut off 2 cooked cobs or frozen, thawed and dried

* 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce or any lettuce

* 2 tablespoons currants

* Approx. 1/4 cup mustard vinaigrette

Ingredients (vinaigrette):

* 1/2 cup olive oil

* 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

* 3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard

* 1 teaspoon maple syrup

* 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

* 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

* 1 teaspoon crushed garlic


1. Add salad ingredients to a large bowl.

2. Toss gently, and set aside.

3. Add vinaigrette ingredients to a medium-sized bowl.

4. Whisk vinaigrette ingredients until fully combined.

5. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the dressing to the salad and gently toss.

6. Add salt and pepper and additional dressing to taste and gently toss again.

Serves about 6.

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Alma Schneider is a licensed Clinical Social Worker helping individuals overcome their psychological and practical obstacles to cooking and parenting on her blog and consulting business, Take Back the Kitchen. She is a native New Yorker transplanted to the suburbs with her husband, four children and loving yet stubborn Beagle Shiloh.


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