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recipe for you! my favorite salad and dressing

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | May 07, 2012

NOTE: If you read this when I first posted it—I typed in the wrong dressing recipe, oops! Please see changes below.

We could use a breather from the heavy topic of toxic dental practices! Here’s my favorite salad recipe, always a hit whenever I make it for my family or others. A big helping is a meal in itself, with the pasta in it. I took the idea from a recipe that used to be on Macaroni Grill’s menu, now discontinued—though I’ve made it healthier, of course! These are Ch. 2 and 3 recipes in 12 Steps to Whole Foods. Enjoy!

Spinach-Orzo Ensalata

1 cup uncooked whole-wheat orzo pasta (boil in 3+ cups water, approx. 6-7 min., and rinse well to keep grains separate, then cool)

10+ cups spinach (about two 10-oz. bags), chopped

1 pkg. fresh basil, cut in ribbons

2 tomatoes, diced small

1 can black olives, sliced

2 oz. capers (half a 4 oz jar), drained

½ cup raw pine nuts (or toast them under the broiler—yum!)

Optional: shaved Parmesan to taste

Toss all ingredients except optional Parmesan. Add dressing to taste and toss. Top each plate with shaved Parmesan if desired. Serves 4 as a complete meal.

Tangy Dill Dressing

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup fresh orange juice

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos

1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp. honey (raw)

2 garlic cloves

1 Tbsp. dried (or 1/4 cup fresh) dill weed

Blend all ingredients well in a high-powered blender.

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16 thoughts on “recipe for you! my favorite salad and dressing”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This looks delicious — can’t wait to try it out. Quick question: no dill in the Tangy Dill dressing?

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Carol-Lyn, OOPS! Thanks for catching that—I had typed the wrong ingredients in altogether! I was looking at the page that Tangy Dill was on in the 12 Steps manual but typed in the ingredients to a different recipe. It’s fixed now, sorry about that!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hey Robyn, can I use a Ninja blender for my smoothies, I need a siminar in Florence Alabama or Huntsville. I need to learn about green smoothies cause I’m a diabetic and would like to change my eating altogether. Thanks for some help!


    Florence Alabama

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Penny, sure, use it till it wears out. You can use any blender—just, many of the cheap ones will make “chunkies” rather than smoothies, so minimize fibrous parts of greens, and frozen fruits—and all of them will wear out if you don’t have a serious, turbo blender.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What is bragg liquid aminos? Wil it change the taste if left out? (Thats the only ingredient I don’t have :-))

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Maria, fermented soy product. You could also use nama shoyu. It’s a healthier option for soy sauce.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn.

    How many people is this supposed to serve?

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Suzanne, it’s a full meal for 4.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This recipe is really good! If you would like it raw, I substituted zucchini for the noodles.



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  7. My husband and i had it for dinner and lunch today…first time in 39 yrs. marriage eating capers, I had to ask someone at the store where and what were they…we like them AND the pasta. It would pass for a mothers day lunch with a nice whole wheat roll and a bowl of strawberries. Its good with just rice vinegar and even blended oranges for a dressing. It’s so fun to have healthy recipes!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Sounds wonderful. Question — I’m allergic to oranges, what would you suggest as a replacement for the dill dressing recipe?

    Thank you!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wow, this recipe is amazing!! Brought it to a family dinner last night and it completely stole the show 🙂 Now I need to start making more of the recipes out of 12 Steps!

  10. Vaneta says:

    Robyn…. What if we substitute coconut vinegar and coconut aminos, would it alter the nutrition or change any health properties of the original dressing recipe?

  11. sharlan says:

    Robyn, in your detox manual it mentioned a 10 day cleanse where do i find that?

    1. sharlan, please email Kristin at detox@greensmoothiegirl.com for more information about the Detox.

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