Saturday, April 24, 2010

Guest post: Curried Apple Orzo Salad

So, as I've mentioned before, the purpose of this blog is to celebrate experimentation. Sometimes that means developing a recipe from scratch. Sometimes it means tweaking grandma's secret recipe (I won't tell if you won't). And sometimes it means trying to recreate the flavor from a dish in a random restaurant which has been haunting you for sometime. You long-time readers may recognize this dish, as I actually tried to recreate it some time ago. This is my favorite dish to get at the little deli in my building for lunch. It has a little spicy-sweet kick that is really interesting.

I promise you that this version is better than my attempt; I'm not too prideful to admit that. Nice work, Jenn.

Curried Apple Orzo Salad

for the salad
  • 2 cups uncooked orzo
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds toasted
  • about 1/2 red onion
  • 1 large diced granny smith apple
for the dressing
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Cook orzo according to package directions then combine all dressing ingredients and mix well.

Pour dressing over warm orzo then add raisins, almonds, onions and apples.

Mix thoroughly then refrigerate overnight.


Dawn said...

Although your salad sounds delicious,and I may try it, it isn't the recipe I'm looking for. I used to do some catering with Kroger Catering and they made a sweet apple and orzo salad. If I remember correctly, they put apple pie filling in it. I can't find it anywhere. Anyone heard of it?

Bradley said...

Dawn, no I've never heard of one using apple pie filling. It sounds really good, though. This one definitely is a curry dish; there's sweetness in it, but definitely some spice and curry, too. Hope you like it!