Remember those bright red tomatoes I got? Well it is your turn to go find some so you can try out one of my all-time favorite side dishes: Tomato Orzo Salad.
The great thing about this salad is that it becomes anything you want it to be. Just start with tomatoes and orzo pasta and then add whatever veggies you want! Here is the version I put together:
I started out with orzo, tomatoes, olive oil, lemon, avocado, cucumber, green onions, and olives.
I then put 1/2 a cup of orzo in some water and let it cook until it was al dente (not to hard, and not mushy)
While that was cooking, I chopped up all my vegetables into bite sized pieces.
After the pasta was done cooking, I cooled it off by rinsing with cold water. Then I added it to a bowl with all of the veggies:
Last, but not least, add the dressing. For this one I used olive oil and lemon juice, but you can also use Italian dressing if you have that in your fridge already. Stir it all up, and chill until you are ready to eat!
This delicious salad is a great for lunch boxes, dinnertime, or an after school snack!
If you want to get creative, here are some alternative topping ideas:
- Italian Style: Orzo + Tomato + Mozzarella + Basil + Italian Dressing
- Mexican Style: Orzo + Tomato + Cheddar cubes + olives + avocado +cilantro + onion
- Oriental Style: Orzo + Tomato + Water chestnuts + soy sauce + bean sprouts + imitation crab
Get creative and try your favorite combination of vegetables, the options are endless!