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Pilfered Pea and Orzo Salad

Pilfered Pea and Orzo Salad
pea and orzo salad
Keep the dry and wet ingredients separate until ready to serve

I call it “pilfered” because a friend of mine used to work at a popular restaurant that had this colorful, delectable salad on the menu, and I asked him for the recipe. That particular restaurant was part of a large corporation and, therefore, was extremely protective with its recipes, but my friend gave it to me on the sly – after I’d been sworn to secrecy.  Thus, it’s pilfered, and this is the version that has been reduced down from restaurant-sized quantities (from gallons down to ounces).

In a large bowl, mix together:

  • 1 pound frozen petite peas, thawed and dried
  • 1/3 pound dry orzo, cooked al dente
  • 2 ounces (~4 strips) bacon, cooked and chopped fine
  • 2 – 7 oz. cans water chestnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 2 ounces red onion, diced fine (I soak the onion briefly after chopping it, to tame the flavor a bit)
orzo pea salad
Soak the onion briefly during your prep

In a small bowl, mix the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp. white pepper
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

Dress to serve – i.e. don’t mix the dry ingredients  with the dressing until you’re ready to plate or serve it, so the peas will stay fresh and bright green.

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