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Low Carb Orzo Salad

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This low carb orzo salad is vibrant and fresh. It's loaded with asparagus, arugula, artichokes and Parmesan, all tossed in a simple lemon dressing.

Low Carb Orzo Salad with asparagus, arugula, artichokes and a simple lemon dressing


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This salad is a fantastic union of flavors and textures. The key to making it low carb, of course, is the orzo (rice-shaped pasta). You may remember my recipe for low carb orzo with spinach and Parmesan – a creamy and filling vegetarian meal. This uses the same orzo, which is from the Great Low Carb Bread Co. You can buy it direct for $7.99, or from other stores like Netrition ($8.49) or Amazon Prime ($11.99). Prices correct at time this post was published in 2021.

Low Carb Orzo Salad with asparagus, arugula, artichokes and a simple lemon dressing

It's 7g net carbs for a 2 oz serving which may be a little too high for some of you (although regular orzo is 25g net carbs for the same amount!) – and also it isn't gluten free. But it makes a nice change sometimes to enjoy something that tastes so “normal”!

How to Make a Low Carb Orzo Salad

Cook the orzo according to the pack instructions, then drain and let cool. 

Trim the woody ends of the stalks from some fresh asparagus. Chop the asparagus into 1″ pieces.

Low Carb Orzo Salad with asparagus, arugula, artichokes and a simple lemon dressing

Heat some olive oil in a large skillet over a medium heat. Add the asparagus, and cook until tender but still crisp, about 10 minutes.

Low Carb Orzo Salad with asparagus, arugula, artichokes and a simple lemon dressing

While the asparagus is cooking, construct the base of the salad with baby arugula, quartered artichoke hearts, finely shredded Parmesan, basil leaves, and the cooled low carb orzo. 

Low Carb Orzo Salad with asparagus, arugula, artichokes and a simple lemon dressing

Let the cooked asparagus cool a little, and meanwhile make the dressing by whisking extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl.

Low Carb Orzo Salad with asparagus, arugula, artichokes and a simple lemon dressing

Add the asparagus to the salad bowl (it is OK if it is slightly warm), and pour the dressing over the top. If preparing ahead of time, do not add the dressing until ready to serve.

Low Carb Orzo Salad with asparagus, arugula, artichokes and a simple lemon dressing

Toss to mix, transfer to a serving bowl, and serve immediately.

Low Carb Orzo Salad with asparagus, arugula, artichokes and a simple lemon dressing

This makes a wonderful appetizer for the spring and summer months, or a side dish to accompany grilled meat or fish.

Low Carb Orzo Salad with asparagus, arugula, artichokes and a simple lemon dressing

Low Carb Orzo Salad

Low Carb Orzo Salad

Yield: Makes approx. 6 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This low carb orzo salad is vibrant and fresh. It's loaded with asparagus, arugula, artichokes and Parmesan, all tossed in a simple lemon dressing.

Ingredients

For the dressing

  • 4 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • salt and black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook the orzo according to the pack instructions, then drain and let cool. 
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over a medium heat. Add the asparagus, and cook until tender but still crisp, about 10 minutes.
  3. While the asparagus is cooking, construct the base of the salad with baby arugula, quartered artichoke hearts, finely shredded Parmesan, basil leaves, and the cooled low carb orzo. 
  4. Let the cooked asparagus cool a little, and meanwhile make the dressing by whisking extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl.
  5. Add the asparagus to the salad bowl (it is OK if it is slightly warm), and pour the dressing over the top. 
  6. Toss to mix, transfer to a serving bowl, and serve immediately.

Notes

7g net carbs per serving (quarter of the recipe, approx 1½ cups)

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size Approx 1½ cups
Amount Per Serving Calories 283Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 70mgSodium 430mgCarbohydrates 16gNet Carbohydrates 7gFiber 9gSugar 1gProtein 15g
Adapted from this recipe.

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