Orzo and Cherry Tomato Salad

It’s “Spaghetti Thursdays” in our household and I’m always looking for ways to keep things interesting.  Now this dish isn’t technically “spaghetti”, but orzo is a pasta, so that counts, right?

Tossed with a light, lemony vinaigrette and fresh basil, this dish pairs well with fish or chicken and is a perfect summer meal.  It can stand up on it’s own too… crumble a little chevre or feta on top and it’s dressed up and ready as the main course!

Orzo and Cherry Tomato Salad:

  • 1 pound orzo pasta
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/4 c chopped basil, plus more for flair
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook orzo as directed and set aside.  In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice and zest, and garlic.  Add a little salt and pepper to the dressing to taste.  Add orzo, tomatoes and basil and toss to combine.  Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

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One response to “Orzo and Cherry Tomato Salad

  1. Don’t you feel like it tastes different when you mix it up with a different pasta shape?

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