Various versions of this salad have circulated around for years. It reminds me of a recipe called Glorified Rice that my grandma made when I was a kid. Orzo is a fun little pasta that makes this classic new again.
FRUIT AND ORZO SALAD
1 lb orzo pasta
2 cans mandarin oranges
1 large can crushed pineapple
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 8 oz container Cool Whip*
Cook orzo pasta according to directions on package. Rinse and drain. Cool.
Drain oranges and pineapple, saving juice. Combine sugar and flour with the fruit juice. Cook in a sauce pan until thick, stirring constantly. Add some of the hot mixture to the beaten eggs. Slowly add this mixture to the sauce pan and bring the sauce to a gentle boil. Cool and pour sauce over pasta. Add fruit and fold in Cool Whip.
Makes about 20 servings. A potluck favorite.
*You and I know Cool Whip is not a real food. It’s a food like substance dubbed by me as ‘chemicals in a tub’. But it gives this salad the fluffy consistency we all expect. We’ll just have to live with it. I know of no substitute for this particular recipe.