Wednesday, July 6, 2016

{soups-salads-and-salad-dressings} Refreshing Summer Orzo Salad


This last recipe was in Susan’s most recent column.

Refreshing Summer Orzo Salad

For the salad:

1/2 cucumber, chopped

1/2 cup feta cheese

4 cups chicken broth

1 1/2 cups orzo

1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

2 cups red teardrop tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved

3/4 cup red onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


For the Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing:

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 teaspoons honey

1 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil


For the salad:

Put chicken broth in a large pot and cover. Bring the broth to a boil over high heat. Stir in orzo. Cover partially and cook until the orzo is tender (6 to 8 minutes), stirring frequently.

Drain orzo and place in a large mixing bowl. Let the orzo cool completely. While the orzo is cooling, make the dressing.

To make the dressing:

In a food processor or blender, mix the vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper until mixed well. While the machine is running, gradually add the olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Once the orzo is cooled, mix the orzo with the chickpeas, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, basil and mint. Add 1/4 cup of the red wine vinaigrette to the salad and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

When ready to eat, you might want to add the remaining dressing and mix well. I tend to take the salad out of the refrigerator and test the salad to see if it needs additional dressing. When the salad sits, it tends to absorb the dressing, so it helps to add more.

Note: This recipe makes a nice, big salad for a group. If you are not feeding a crowd, you might want to halve the recipe.

Make sure you do not add the entire dressing to the salad right away, or it will be too much. Add 1/4 cup of the dressing and let it sit to soak up the dressing, then taste the salad and if it needs it, add more.



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