If your kids suffer from brown bag boredom, shake things up by offering fun lunchbox alternatives like this playful pasta salad. With California Avocados as the star ingredient, you’ll get great flavors in every bite, and nearly 20 vitamins and minerals and monounsaturated fat. This recipe is also an excellent source (at least 20% of Daily Value) of dietary fiber and folate; a good source (10%-19% of Daily Value) of potassium, vitamin C and iron; and provides nine grams of protein per serving.
California Avocado Orzo Salad
Nutritional Highlights (per serving)
|8||oz.||dried orzo pasta|
|2||ripe, Fresh California Avocados, seeded, peeled, and diced into 1/2-in. pieces|
|1/3||cup||Kalamata olives, pitted and cut into quarters|
|1/3||cup||crumbled feta cheese|
|1/3||English cucumber, diced into 1/2-in. pieces|
|1/3||cup||toasted pine nuts|
|2||Tbsp.||fresh dill, chopped|
|1||Tbsp.||Extra virgin olive oil|
|Salt and pepper, to taste|
As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados
- Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse under cold water until the pasta cools, drain again, and transfer to a large bowl.
- In a separate bowl, gently toss the avocados in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
- Add the avocados, lemon zest, olives, feta, cucumber, pine nuts and dill into the pasta and mix to combine. Add the remaining lemon juice, olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
Serving Suggestion: To pack in a lunchbox, place the pasta salad in a container with a tight-fitting lid.
Beverage Pairing: Pair with a glass of water with a refreshing slice of lemon. In a lunchbox, pack with a non-fat or low-fat milk jug or water bottle.
* Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.
Vitamin A 143 IU; Vitamin C 9 mg; Calcium 62 mg; Iron 2 mg; Vitamin D 1 IU; Folate 130 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.1g
% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2%; Vitamin C 15%; Calcium 6% ; Iron 10%