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Tomato, Green Onion, and Orzo Salad

Orzo Salad - The Culinary Compass

I discovered this recipe this past summer looking for a different type of pasta salad. Ever since, I’ve been hooked. It was a perfect side dish to bring to the holiday parties at work especially with those festive colors.

I’m so excited to make this again next summer with some tomatoes from my garden. It’s such a simple salad so it lends itself to being a base to add other bright herbs or vegetables like basil or peppers.

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…like just looking at the pictures makes me want to go run to the store and grab the ingredients…

My entire family are suckers for feta cheese so you can bet your bottom dollar that I piled a ton on this salad. Between the creaminess of the feta with the acidity and bite of the tomatoes and green onions, it’s such a good combination. The pine nuts finish it off perfectly for the nuttiness and crunch to balance it all out.

Tomato, Green Onion, and Orzo Salad

Tomato, Green Onion, and Orzo Salad

Yield: 10-12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Light pasta side dish with tomatoes, green onions, and feta

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound orzo
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 package crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook orzo with the box instructions. Once done, use a colander to drain. Keep in colander and run under cold water to stop cooking.
  2. While orzo is cooking, combine red wine vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, and honey in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Chop tomatoes and green onions. Toast pine nuts on a cookie sheet using lowest heat your oven can be on. Be sure to keep an eye on these, it takes between 5-10 minutes.
  3. Mix the dressing in the orzo and once combined add the tomatoes, green onions, feta, pine nuts, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature.

Adapted from Epicurious.

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