Cooking with Love

with Gianna Conte (Jan)

Cooking with Love

with Gianna Conte (Jan)

Cold refreshing Orzo salad

Looking for a chilled dinner idea?

Look through your refrigerator and pick out a few items you would put in a salad, e.g., cucumbers, chopped tomatoes, red onion, peppers? 

Now, pick out a hard cheese, e.g., mozzarella, provolone, feta, bleu cheese, cheddar?

Now, make your favorite salad dressing. Oh, I forgot, you must use Orzo pasta!!

Directions:

Boil 1/2 lb of Orzo pasta, drained.

Prepare salad dressing. Pour over boiled and drained orzo. Place in the refrigerator.

Chop up your favorite salad vegetables, except the lettuce. Chop up 1/4 lb cheese.

Remove the Orzo from refrigerator, you'll notice all the dressing has been obsorbed by the pasta.... that's a good thing.

Add all the chopped vegetables and toss. Sprinkle with chopped cheese. Add some fresh basil leaves, or parsley or even mint.

Toss and serve as a side dish to any kind of grilled meat or fish. Or, you can make it as a meal by adding cooked chicken strips.

Delicious change from mayo salads.

Yummy!

 

Feeling the heat.....make something chilled for dinner!