Taste of Summer Orzo Salad

By love2cook
May 4, 2015
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Taste of Summer Orzo Salad


Author Notes: With the diced fresh tomatoes, basil, and goat cheese, this orzo salad always sings to me of warm summer days. Easy to assemble, well chilled, and very transportable, it's a great addition to any al fresco meal!love2cook

Serves: 6-12 as a side dish

Ingredients

  • 1 packet orzo pasta
  • 1/3 cup minced red onion
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes (not grape or cherry ones, heirloom if possible)
  • 1/2 cup minced celery
  • 1/3 cup fresh chopped basil
  • 1/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup capers, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon coarse grain mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4-6 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

Directions

  1. Cook the orzo in salted water according to package instructions.
  2. While the orzo is cooking, cut up the onion, tomatoes, celery, basil, and olives.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, sugar, pinch of salt, and balsamic vinegar. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until an emulsion forms.
  4. Drain the orzo and place in a large bowl. Add the onion, tomatoes, celery, basil, olives, and capers. Toss. Pour the vinaigrette over the orzo mixture and toss to coat. Chill well.
  5. Just before serving, mix in the crumbled goat cheese.

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