Orzo Salad with Corn, Green Beans and Tomatoes

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Orzo Salad w/ Corn, Green Beans & Tomatoes

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 40 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Ingredients:

1 pound green beans, rinsed & trimmed
1 1/2 cups dried orzo pasta (8 ounces)
3 ears fresh white corn
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup minced shallots
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 Tablespoons minced fresh tarragon
2 cups cherry tomatoes, rinsed, stemmed & halved

Directions:

1. Bring water to boil in a large pot. Cut green beans into 2 to 3-inch lengths. Add to boiling water and cook 3 to 5 minutes (until barely tender). Drain and place in ice water until cold; drain again.

2. Fill pot with water again and bring to a boil over high heat. Add orzo and cook 8 to 11 minutes (until barely tender). Drain and rinse with cold water.

3. Husk corn and discard strings. Rinse corn. Holding each cob upright, cut off kernels into a large bowl.

4. In a small bowl, whisk vinegar, oil, shallots, mustard, tarragon and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

5. In a large bowl, mix orzo with 1/2 cup of the dressing. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Spread out orzo so that it's level. Layer corn kernels, green beans and tomatoes over the pasta. Cover salad and chill until ready to serve. Also chill remaining salad dressing.

6. When ready to serve, pour 3/4 of the remaining salad dressing over the salad and mix gently to blend. Add additional dressing, salt and pepper as needed.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1/8th of the salad
Calories per serving: 243
Fat per serving: 7.5g
Saturated Fat per serving: 1g
Sugar per serving: 2g
Fiber per serving: 4.25g
Protein per serving: 7g
Carbohydrates per serving: 39.5g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 7 Old Points Program: 6.5

Source: RecipeGirl.com