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Brussels Sprout and Orzo Picnic Salad

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Have you gone on your first picnic this season? I’ve got a great recipe you’ll want to try: Brussels sprout and orzo picnic salad. It is DELICIOUS!

Unlike a lot of pasta, orzo holds its shape and firmness in salad so it is not unbecomingly mushy. The sprout, almond, cherry combination is delightful and when you top it with tangy goat cheese and the sweet and sour dressing—totally satisfying! It looks appealing, tastes great, and travels well. I like to put it in individual containers for picnic transport.

Add that this salad doesn’t take long to prep and you can see why it is a picnic season favorite at our house. Yum!

Brussels Sprout Orzo Salad

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  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T salt
  • 3 cups shredded Brussels sprouts
  • ½ cup almond slivers
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 4 ounces goat cheese


  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 1 T dijon mustard
  • ½ t salt
  • ¼ t pepper


  1. In a medium sauce pan, bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add salt, olive oil and orzo. Cook according to the directions on the package
  2. Remove from heat and drain water. Allow to cool.
  3. In a small skillet over medium heat, toast almond slivers until golden brown. Cook about 3-4 minutes, stirring often so almonds do not burn. Immediately remove from heat and place on a paper towel to cool.
  4. While pasta is cooling, mix dressing ingredients in a 16-ounce jar and shake until well combined.
  5. Layer pasta, Brussels sprouts, cherries and almonds in a large bowl. Crumble goat cheese on top and toss with salad dressing. Place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours before serving.


  • Prep: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Assembly: 5 minutes
  • Makes 6 8-ounce portions


  • Calories: 2368
  • Sugar: 32
  • Sodium: 4163
  • Fat: 176
  • Saturated Fat: 35
  • Unsaturated Fat: 133
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 149
  • Protein: 61
  • Cholesterol: 52

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.