Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Recipe: Vegetarian Orzo Salad

I helped out my friend, Emily, with some yard work this weekend and she fed me this tasty orzo salad for lunch. I liked it so much that I made it again this week and wanted to share the recipe with all of you! I don't eat pasta often, but when I do, I put lots of veggies in it. This orzo salad has just that and it makes a perfect lunch or side dish. Plus, I'm carbo-loading right now. Thanks Emily!

1 quart water
1 1/2 cups dry orzo pasta
1 (15-oz) can chickpeas
3/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1 green onion, chopped
1/2 bunch chopped cilantro
Goat cheese (optional)
Avocado (optional)

Red Wine Vinaigrette
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbs. honey or agave nectar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 gloves garlic

Cook orzo according to package directions. Let cool and place in a large bowl. Mix in all of the other ingredients, waiting to add the goat cheese and/or avocado until serving. Mix the ingredients of the red wine vinaigrette in a food processor until smooth. Pour over the orzo mixture and mix in. Leftovers can be put in the fridge for up to a week (this recipe makes a pretty large batch). I like to set it out at room temperature before serving so it's not too cold.

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Have you ever added goat cheese or avocado to pasta?


  1. Lindsay_thegardenaptOctober 8, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    This looks delicious! I will definitely need to try it out for lunch!


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