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Orzo, Green Bean and Fennel Salad with Dill Pesto (Serves 6)
courtesy of Bon Appetit

Great Summer Side Salad or Main dish- feel free to play with the ingredients a bit, use a different herb if you don't have dill, or try a different vinegar!

8 ounces green beans, trimmed
8 ounces orzo (1 1/4 cups) 2/3 cup (packed) chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 cups 1/3-inch cubes unpeeled cucumber (about 8 ounces)
3/4 cup diced fresh fennel bulb

  1. Cook green beans in large saucepan of boiling salted water until just tender, about 5 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer beans to plate. Add orzo to same boiling water. Cook until tender, stirring occasionally; drain.
  2. Blend dill, oil, vinegar, and lemon juice in mini processor until almost smooth. Season dressing with salt and pepper.
  3. Cut beans crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Place in large bowl. Add orzo, cucumber, and fennel; mix in dressing. Season salad to taste with salt and pepper.

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