Soups & Salads

Make-Ahead Layered Orzo Salad

Prep Time: 5 min  |  Cook Time: 15 min  |  Servings: 8 sides  |  Calories: 715
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Make-Ahead Layered Orzo Salad
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Servings
8 sides
Calories
715

Make this tasty orzo salad when you’re preparing to go to your next potluck. This crowd-pleasing dish contains chopped ham, Sargento® Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese - Traditional Cut, shredded lettuce, orzo pasta and many more fresh ingredients that create a salad full of zesty flavors.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 6 cups packed shredded or torn romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups chopped cooked ham or turkey
  • 1-3/4 cups (7 oz.) Sargento® Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese - Traditional Cut, divided
  • 1 cup frozen baby peas, thawed
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup Ranch salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits
Directions
  1. Cook orzo in salted water acccording to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water until cooled. Drain well.
  2. Place lettuce in bottom of a large glass bowl, preferably with straight sides. Spoon orzo evenly over lettuce; top with ham, 3/4 cup cheese, peas and bell pepper. Spoon salad dressing evenly over salad; top with remaining 1 cup cheese and bacon bits. Cover; chill at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours before serving.

Serving Size 8 sides

Calories 715

*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Amount/Serving %DV*
Total Fat 40.40g 65%
Sat. Fat 12.20g 66%
Mono Unsat. Fat 4.70g
Poly Unsat. Fat 0.60g
Cholesterol 82mg 25%
Sodium 1370mg 66%
Amount/Serving%DV*
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 0g
Protein 37g
Amount/Serving%DV*
Vitamin A 926RE
Vitamin C 72mg 123%
Calcium 400mg 39%
Iron 3mg 17%