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Old September 18, 2012   #77
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Spinach and Orzo Salad with Cranberries and Almonds

Source: Keep it Skinny; via Aggie’s Kitchen- Another fantastic tnt salad for us. Sue

1 cup whole wheat orzo, uncooked
3/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
about 3/4 of a 6 oz bag of baby spinach, thinly sliced
3/4 cup dried cranberries
4 oz gorgonzola/feta crumbled
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1-2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons minced onion
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/3 – 1/2 cup oil (canola or light olive oil will work)
salt and pepper to taste

• Cook orzo according to instructions on package, set aside to cool.

• In bowl, whisk together poppy seeds, sugar, onion, paprika, vinegar, oil and pinches of salt and pepper.

• In a large salad bowl combine orzo, almonds, spinach and cranberries.
• Gently toss ingredients with 1/3-1/2 amount of dressing, add more or less to your liking. (I don’t like my salad overdressed.)
• Add gorgonzola/feta and gently toss again.
• Serve immediately at room temperature or slightly chilled.
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