Jobless Zone Diet: Orzo and smoked salmon salad

Bowl of orzo and smoked salmon salad, the latest cheap, healthy dinner on the Jobless Zone Diet.I’m overdue for adding another cheap, healthy dinner to share on my blog. Here’s a goodie inspired by a dish my brother and his wife made for a fun party last week.

Orzo is a small pasta that looks like rice, and it’s comparably inexpensive. I pay a little more for the whole-wheat variety because it’s healthier.

I eat a lot of pasta and rice, but orzo’s texture makes me feel like I’m eating something that doesn’t belong to either category. Nobody wants a cheap and easy dinner to become routine, no matter how tasty.

I estimate the overall cost of this recipe is $13 – the most expensive item was the salmon, which cost me $7.99. But it serves three as a main course, which reduces strain on the dining budget.

Orzo and Smoked Salmon Salad

Serves 3 as a main dish.

  • 2 cups orzo
  • 1 cup spinach leaves, cut into strips
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 oz. smoked salmon, chopped
  • Cooked kernels from 2 ears of corn
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Fresh pepper to taste

1. If using tomatoes not packed in oil, soak them in hot water for 20 minutes to soften them up before chopping.

2. Cook orzo in a large pot of salted boiling water until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain the pasta and run under cold water.

3. When pasta is room temperature, put it in a large salad bowl. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix.

4. Add the olive oil to the bowl and toss the ingredients until coated. Top with fresh cracked pepper.

5. Serve room temperature or cold.

More Jobless Zone Diet dishes

Clam and garlic linguini
Bonus rice and beans
Meyer lemon pasta



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