Orzo Salad with radicchio and Broccoli
  • 1 1/4 cup Delverde orzo, or other brand (225g)
  • 1 1/2 cup water for the orzo (225g)
  • 1 broccoli bundle, cut in small florets (250g)
  • 1/2 large radicchio, julienned (200g)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (63g)
  • 2 tsp honey (7g)
  • 5 tsp peanut or olive oil (30g)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (3.5g)
  • 1 tsp MSG (6g)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (3.5g)
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: Use a timer to cook the orzo to perfection.
This recipe features radicchio, a delicately bitter, slightly chewy, red-leafed chicory popular in Italy. I use Delverde brand orzo because it has thicker grains than some of the other brands, and thus keeps its al dente quality better.
 Nutritional information 
Portion: 1 cup, packed, 160 g
 Phosphorus (mg) 115 
 Potassium (mg) 332 
 Sodium (mg) 80 
 Protein (g) 6.6 
 Sugar (g) 6.9 
 Carbohydrates (g) 38 
 Water (mL) 81 
 Fibre (g) 2.63 
 Calories 227 
STEP 1: Prepare your ingredients.
STEP 2: Cook the orzo. Bring 1 1/2 cup of water to a boil, add the orzo, and cover. Simmer at a setting even lower than for cooking rice, for 1 minute less than the minimum cooking time recommended on the package. The brand I use has an 8 minute cooking time, so the orzo simmers for 7 minutes.
STEP 3: After the 7 minutes cooking time is completed, immediately add the balsamic vinegar and garlic, increase the heat, and stir very lightly until the balsamic vinegar is mostly absorbed (about 1 minute).
STEP 4: Stir the cooling orzo occasionally. After it stops steaming when you stir (or later), add 3 tbs of the oil and stir once. Drizzle with the honey, and sprinkle with salt and MSG.
STEP 5: Blanch the broccoli florets. Bring enough water in a pot to cover the broccoli, bringing the water to a rolling boil. Drop the broccoli in the boiling water for 1-2 minutes, then drain in a colander and immediately cool in cold water.
STEP 6: Add the cooled broccoli to the orzo.
STEP 7: Add the raddichio, the remaining 2 tbs of oil, and fluff with a fork, .
STEP 7: Delicious on its own or as a side dish.