Thursday, March 5, 2009

Orzo Goodness: Confetti Orzo Salad

Just trust me that this tasty, light, refreshing salad hits the spot. PERFECT for lunch, Spring, summer or pretty much any ole occassion! Love it, love it, love it!

1 1/2 cups uncooked orzo
1 carrot, chopped
1 1/4 cups chopped red, green, or yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup peeled, seeded, and chopped cucumber (I used english cucumber from HT b/c they don't have seeds.)
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (Word to wise...use minimally or omit all together. I love green onions but it's just as good w/out them.)
1/4 cup chopped purple onion (DEFINITELY omit if you don't wanna smell for days!)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (didn't use)
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind (didn't use)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar (I used 1/2 rice vinegar and 1/2 white cooking wine cuz that's what I had.)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup olive oil

Cook orzo according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain. Combine orzo, carrot, and next 5 ingredients; set aside.

Combine lemon rind, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, coarsely ground pepper, and minced garlic. Gradually whisk in oil. Pour over orzo mixture, tossing gently. Cover and keep chilled.

Coastal Living, JULY 1997


Donna said...

This is deilcious! Hannah made it today for lunch and it is something that I will definitely make. PERFECT for a light lunch.

Nancy said...

I agree with Donna! This was so good. I'm going to make it and serve grilled chickn over the orzo.

HPS is rocking on the recipes these days.


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