Orzo Salad with Apples and Cranberries {Fall Harvest Orzo Salad}

Orzo Salad with Apples and Cranberries {Fall Harvest Orzo Salad} is a simple deliciously Fall inspired Salad that is perfect for the holidays and family gathering this season. Made with chilled Ozro, crisp gala apples, dried cranberries, broccoli, chopped walnuts,  and a fresh clean tasting dressing made from freshly squeezed lemons, and pure virgin olive oil.

It’s starting to cool down in many areas of the country and it’s becoming the season for comfort food.  During the cooler days and nights, it is easy to indulge in heavier dishes — This dish warms the soul with its perfect al dente orzo, yet the cranberries, crisp gala apples, crunchy broccoli, and fresh basil still manage to keep this Fall Harvest Orzo Salad light and fresh.

Orzo Salad with Apples and Cranberries {Fall Harvest Orzo Salad}It’s fall, a time to enjoy fall ingredients like apples, pumpkins, nuts, and cranberries. Here in the South it’s still warm and inviting in the sun but we are sure ready to enjoy our fall foods even if it’s 89 degrees in the shade. That’s why I love making Orzo Salad with Apples and Cranberries {Fall Harvest Orzo Salad} because it hosts some of my favorite fall ingredients without making my house 1000 degrees.Orzo Salad with Apples and Cranberries {Fall Harvest Orzo Salad}

This simple and delicious Orzo Salad with Apples and Cranberries is hands-down one of my favorite side dishes to enjoy this time of the year.  It’s healthy, incredibly easy to make, and it tastes even better after sitting in the fridge overnight.

Orzo Salad with Apples and Cranberries {Fall Harvest Orzo Salad}

 

Orzo Salad with Apples and Cranberries {Fall Harvest Orzo Salad}

  • 3 cups of cooked orzo, chilled
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 and 1/2 cups fresh broccoli, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 and 1/2 cups gala apple, diced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • kosher salt to own taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to own taste
  • a pinch of sugar, optional
  • 5 fresh basil leaves chopped
  • ¼ cup walnuts, chopped, optional

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, add orzo, dried cranberries, chopped broccoli, diced gala apples, olive oil, lemon, juice, kosher salt, ground black pepper, sugar, chopped basil, gently combine until well-incorporated.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a serving dish, sprinkle with chopped walnuts and serve.
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Orzo Salad with Apples and Cranberries {Fall Harvest Orzo Salad}

 

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