Side Dishes

Summer Orzo Pasta Salad


Posted: July 18

Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

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Summer Orzo Pasta Salad is a great addition to any summer get together, or it can be stored to enjoy for the week! It’s a delicious mixture of orzo pasta, fresh cucumber, bold feta cheese, juicy cherry tomatoes, and more. To bring it all together, it is topped with a tangy red wine vinaigrette dressing. Summer Orzo Pasta Salad can be served as a main dish or a side dish, and it is truly refreshing and tasty!


Ingredients

For the salad:
8 ounces orzo pasta
1/2 English cucumber, diced
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 small red onion, chopped
For the red white vinaigrette dressing:
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 lemon, juiced
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
For the garnish:
1/2 cup basil leaves, chopped
1/4 cup mint leaves, chopped
1/4 cup parsley, chopped

Directions

Step 1

Cook the orzo according to package directions.

Step 2

Let it cool completely or run it under cold water until cooled.

Step 3

In a large mixing bowl combine the cucumber, feta cheese, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, and red onion, gently stirring to combine.

Step 4

In a mason jar or salad dressing container, whisk together the red wine vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, pepper and extra virgin oil.

Step 5

Add the orzo pasta to the vegetable mixture and mix well.

Step 6

Pour half of the dressing over the salad and toss.

Step 7

Sprinkle the basil, mint and parsley over the salad and gently toss.

Step 8

When ready to serve, add the remaining dressing and toss. Enjoy!


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