Orzo, Corn, and Roasted Bell Pepper Salad

Grilling the vegetables lends this pasta salad a pleasant, smoky flavor. You can prepare and chill it up to a day ahead. To save time, drain and chop a seven-ounce jar of roasted red bell peppers. Slide a skewer or toothpick through the red onion to hold them together as they cook. If you're sensitive to spicy food, seed the jalapeño.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: about 2/3 cup)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 180
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 5.9g
  • Saturated fat: 0.9g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.9g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrate: 28.6g
  • Fiber: 2.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 1.3mg
  • Sodium: 302mg
  • Calcium: 15mg

Ingredients

  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
  • 3 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 ears shucked corn
  • 1 medium red onion, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Preparation

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 15 minutes. Peel and chop.
  3. Prepare grill to medium-high heat.
  4. Cook orzo according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Place orzo in a large bowl; drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Cool slightly.
  5. Place corn and red onion on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 5 minutes or until lightly browned, turning occasionally. Cut kernels from ears of corn; chop red onion. Add bell pepper, corn, red onion, 2 tablespoons oil, green onions, and remaining ingredients to orzo. Toss gently to combine.
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