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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