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Orzo Vegetable Salad with Vegan Honey Mustard
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Orzo Vegetable Salad with Vegan Honey Mustard

This delicious Orzo Vegetable Salad with Vegan Honey Mustard Dressing is so satisfying and full of nourishing vegetables and big flavors. It is perfect as a light lunch or dinner, or even as a side dish or to top a big bowl of greens.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Keyword: brussel sprouts, honey mustard, orzo, orzo salad, pasta salad, vegan honey mustard
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt divided
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder divided
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 lb. brussel sprouts quartered or halved if very small
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 large shallot finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp each pepper and paprika
  • 1/2 pint cherry or grape tomatoes halved
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 4 to 5 fresh basil leaves thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Creamy Vegan Honey Mustard Dressing

  • 1/4 cup vegan mayo
  • 4 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt

Instructions

  • Cook the orzo in salted water to according to the package directions, until al dente. Drain the orzo and transfer it to a large mixing bowl. Add 1 tsp olive oil, 1/4 of the kosher salt and garlic powder, and 1 tsp dried parsley. Stir gently.
  • Meanwhile, heat a large pan on medium heat and add the avocado oil, carrots and brussel sprouts. Stir and cook for 5 min, then add the shallots and remaining 1/4 tsp kosher salt and pepper, garlic powder, and pepper and paprika. Stir and cook covered for 5 to 7 min, stirring occasionally, until the brussel sprouts are fork tender.
  • Add the vegetables, tomatoes, parsley, almonds to the orzo and gently stir. Whisk together the dressing. Transfer the orzo to a serving dish and top with basil. Drizzle with dressing as desired. Taste for seasoning.