I think it’s safe to say that you’ve hit the jackpot when you have two recipes that come together as one healthy, delicious and easy meal. With that being said, not only is this dish a dynamic duo, it is honestly a triple threat and I am here. for. it! If you are reading this right now, then I assume that you are too!
It is healthy because it is packed with an abundance of fresh vibrant vegetables and contains a great amount of protein, the flavor between the two dishes when paired together is so delicious and each recipe is beyond easy to make with minimal ingredients.
I love this dish because it is a two for one. You can easily enjoy each recipe individually on their own or you can pair them together as one. I love pairing the two together for dinner and then enjoying the orzo salad for lunch the next day on its own.
I came across this southwest orzo from a wonderful farmers market in Gilbert, Arizona. This company called Pappardelle‘s Pasta had a stand there. They create and sell a unique variety of pasta shapes and flavors. I thought that their Southwest orzo was so unique, I had to have it. The smell of it even when it is uncooked smells exactly how you would anticipate a Southwest flavor to taste and when it gets cooked is even better!
The little pasta itself has a vibrant tri-color look and each color is a different flavor. When the three are blended it creates a flawless southwest orzo. The black is a black bean flavor, the red is a red southwest chili flavor and the yellow is a Indian maize corn.
So, when it came time for me to create this dish, I wanted to keep the dressing light and simple so you can really enjoy and taste those southwest flavors from the orzo. Now, I know you’re thinking it might be hard for you to recreate this recipe without the southwest orzo. Fear not! You can easily click their link above or below to purchase it and get it delivered right to your doorstep. If this is not an option for you, you can easily use regular orzo no problem!
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Cilantro Jalapeño Lime Salmon Filets are an easy weeknight or weekend dinner. The herb cilantro, spicy jalapeños and tangy lime flavors from the salmon pairs perfectly with the southwest fresh flavors from the orzo salad.
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