My roommate taught me how to make this in college, and now whenever I want a little bit of pasta, or I’m in a pinch of what to bring to a party, I make this. It’s super fast, super simple, and easy to make using what’s already in your fridge. It also happens to be light in flavor, and pretty healthy. Just my type of pasta salad, because I think orzo is technically a pasta, right?
The basics of this salad are orzo, roasted vegetables, and a lemon oil dressing. The roasted vegetables I love to use are peppers (red and orange), asparagus, and red onion. I’ve thrown some mushrooms, broccoli, and other vegetables in before too.
– 1 bag of Orzo (I use Trader Joe’s)
– 1 bunch of asparagus chopped into about 1 inch pieces
– Two peppers chopped into 1 inch pieces
– 1 small red onion chopped into 1 inch pieces
– 5 small lemons
– 1/3 cup olive oil plus 1 -2 tablespoons
– Salt and Pepper
1. Turn the oven onto 400 F. Chop all of the vegetables and lay out on a cookie sheet covered with tin foil. Toss the vegetables in 1 – 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Roast for about 20 – 30 mins until nice and soft, but not burnt.
2. Turn on a pot of water for the Orzo. Follow instructions on your packet of pasta.
3. While the vegetables are roasting and the water is boiling make the dressing. Take 1/3 cup of olive oil and 1/3 cup of lemon juice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and mix. Taste until you have the right mixture for you. I like it very lemony and salty so I use about 1 teaspoon of salt. I also like to add a little garlic salt.
4. When pasta is done drain and put into serving bowl. Pour half the dressing in with the Orzo and toss.
5. When the vegetables are done pour into the Orzo, pour the rest of the dressing and toss. Add salt and pepper as needed.
This salad is best served at room temperature or if you are BBQing it’s great cold. That’s why the leftovers are fantastic everything has soaked up the dressing and it’s just delightful. I eat this all year round, but then again I live in CA it never gets that cold here.