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Chopped Summer Salad (with Spiced Pecans)

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Prep

10 minutes

Cook

10 minutes

Yield

4 - 6 servings

This delicious and easy summer salad is topped with the crunch of spiced pecans and will be a summer go-to for BBQ's and picnics.

This chopped summer salad is a great sidekick to your summer barbecues or potluck this year. It can be whipped up in a pinch and has a delicious, savory crunch thanks to the spiced pecans on top.

Why you’ll love this summer salad:

  • Quick: Have this ready in only 20-minutes. Great for when you forgot a dish to bring to your friend’s BBQ
  • Healthy: This summer salad is filled with healthy, nutritious ingredients that give your body so many benefits
  • Versatile: Swap out any of the veggies for whatever you have in your fridge
Ingredients on table for summer salad with Sante nuts

Ingredient Notes:

Orzo: Orzo is usually found in the pasta section of a grocery store. It’s a form of short-cut pasta shaped like rice and is made from flour. It is generally used for salads or soups but can be substituted for any tiny/small pasta if need be.

Spiced Nuts: For this summer salad recipe I used spiced pecans to add a crunch. Any good salad has a crunch on top! My go-to brand is Sante. They make a ton of different quality nuts in several flavors that can be an easy addition to jazz up a simple salad like this. This is also a great way to add more plant-based protein to any meal (or snack).

Summer salad with a spoon in it

How to make a summer salad:

  1. Cook the orzo according to the instructions on the package. 
  2. Add unsalted butter or olive oil, and season with the salt and any other spices you wish. Allow cooling slightly.
  3. In a small bowl, add the olive oil, orange juice, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and cracked black pepper. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine ALL of the other ingredients. 
  5. Pour the dressing over top and mix to combine. 
  6. Adjust seasoning to taste and enjoy!
Hand holding a summer salad with a spoon

Expert Tips & FAQ:

How to make a gluten-free summer salad: Make this salad gluten-free by using quinoa or your favorite small-sized pasta instead.

How can I make this salad vegan? Enjoy this by using olive oil and swapping the feta with a desired plant-based substitute.

Storage: Salad can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for 2 – 3 days, and stored with dressing on the side for 5 – 6 days

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Chopped Summer Salad (with Spiced Pecans)

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This delicious and easy summer salad is topped with the crunch of spiced pecans and will be a summer go-to for BBQ's and picnics.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Mediterranean
Cuisine Mediterranean-Inspired, Vegetarian
Servings 4 – 6 servings
Calories 445 kcal

Ingredients
  

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Instructions
 

  • Cook the orzo according to the instructions on the package. 
  • Add unsalted butter or olive oil, season with the salt and any other spices you wish. Allow to cool slightly.
  • In a small bowl, add the olive oil, orange juice, lemon juice, garlic powder, salt, and cracked black pepper. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine ALL of the other ingredients. 
  • Pour the dressing overtop and mix to combine. 
  • Adjust seasoning to taste and enjoy!

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Notes

Make this salad gluten free by using quinoa or your favorite small-sized pasta instead.
Enjoy this by using olive oil and swapping the feta with desired plant-based substitute.
Take this salad with you everywhere you go and customize it with any fresh ingredients you desire!
Salad can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for 2 – 3 days, and stored with dressing on the side for 5 – 6 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 46.8g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 35.4g | Saturated Fat: 9.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.3g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 773.4mg | Fiber: 6.3g | Sugar: 5.8g
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