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Ham & Orzo Salad is a light dish that combines tender pasta with savory HORMEL® CURE 81® Classic Boneless Ham, fresh spinach, crunchy celery, and zesty red onion. The medley of flavors and textures are tossed in tangy honey Dijon dressing and garnished with toasted almonds and sweet dried cranberries. This salad is a delicious and balanced meal or side option.

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1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
¾ cup HORMEL® CURE 81® Classic Boneless Ham
1 cup chopped fresh spinach
1 celery stalk, diced
¼ cup minced red onion
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted
¼ cup dried cranberries


  1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Cool completely.

  2. In small bowl, combine olive oil and next 4 ingredients.

  3. In large bowl, toss together orzo, olive oil mixture and remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use or serve immediately.