Thursday, May 29, 2008

Lemon Orzo Salad

If you cook with fresh herbs, you know how expensive they can be. But if you fancy basil, your in luck. Trader Joes sells large Basil plants for only $2.49, as compared to $3 or $4 dollars for a small plastic pack at the grocery store.

This Lemon Orzo dish is one of my favorite pasta recipes from Giadia De Laurentis . It uses both fresh basil and mint, so if you can pick up some fresh herbs for cheap, this pasta isn't too expensive to make.

Orzo Salad Recipe

4 cups chicken broth 1 1/2 cups orzo

1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1 1/2 cups red and yellow teardrop tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved

3/4 cup finely chopped red onion

1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves

About 3/4 cup Red Wine Vinaigrette, recipe follows

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pour the broth into a heavy large saucepan. Cover the pan and bring the broth to a boil over high heat. Stir in the orzo. Cover partially and cook until the orzo is tender but still firm to the bite, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes. Drain the orzo through a strainer. Transfer the orzo to a large wide bowl and toss until the orzo cools slightly. Set aside to cool completely.
Toss the orzo with the beans, tomatoes, onion, basil, mint, and enough vinaigrette to coat. Season the salad, to taste, with salt and pepper, and serve at room temperature.


1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons honey

2 teaspoons salt

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Mix the vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper in a blender. With the machine running, gradually blend in the oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with more salt and pepper, if desired.
Yield: 1 3/4 cups


nancy said...

That recipe sounds perfect for summer - Summer!!! I love orzo. Good also for all the vegetarians out there (you could probably use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth)

Summer said...

This is a great summer dish. Everyone I have served it to loves it!


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