Serving Size:
1/2 cup

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Lower Protein
  • Vegetarian


  • 3/4 cups orzo
  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons blanched, sliced almonds


  1. Cook orzo according to package instructions, omitting salt.
  2. Core and dice apple. Chop basil.
  3. In a medium bowl, add all the ingredients except the almonds. Combine until well incorporated.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a serving dish and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with the almonds before serving. 

Helpful hints

  • Three-fourths cup orzo makes 2 cups when cooked.
  • Fuji, gala and red delicious apples taste great in this salad. 

Nutrients per serving

Calories 227

Protein 5 g

Carbohydrates 29 g

Fat 9 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 2 mg

Potassium 126 mg

Phosphorus 62 mg

Calcium 19 mg

Fiber 2.5 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  •  1-1/2 starch
  • 1/2 fruit, low potassium
  • 1-1/2 fat

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