Orzo and Tuna Salad

For a tasty variation on tuna salad, stir in orzo, cream cheese and cucumber.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 25 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

1/2
teaspoon salt
1
cup uncooked orzo or rosamarina pasta (6 oz)
1
package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2
cups diced cucumber (about 1 medium)
3
tablespoons cider vinegar
2
medium stalks celery, thinly sliced (1 cup)
1
tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
2
cans (5 oz each) albacore tuna in water, drained
2
tablespoons chopped fresh dill weed
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
  • 1 In 3-quart saucepan, heat 2 quarts water and 1/2 teaspoon salt to boiling. Add pasta; cook 7 to 9 minutes or until tender. Drain pasta. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  • 2 In food processor, place cream cheese, 1 cup of the cucumber, the celery, vinegar and oil. Cover; process until smooth.
  • 3 In large bowl, stir pasta, cream cheese mixture, remaining 1/2 cup cucumber and remaining ingredients until well mixed.

Expert Tips

For a special touch, sprinkle capers over the finished salad.

Use canned salmon or smoked salmon in place of the tuna.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
380
(
Calories from Fat
110),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
13%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
45mg
45%;
Sodium
920mg
920%;
Total Carbohydrate
40g
40%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
27g
27%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 1/2 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.