Orzo Salad

Submitted by tueda

There isn't much exciting about this, but it makes for a tasty side (or meal, if you're lazy like me). Like most salads, proportions are more or less meaningless, but be aware that a pound of orzo makes for a large mass of pasta.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb orzo or other pasta
  • summer squash
  • green beans
  • Italian sausage
  • cherry tomatoes
  • feta
  • 3 parts olive oil
  • 1 part white wine vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • drop of mustard

Method

  1. Chop the summer squash and green beans into bite sizes. Blanch them in your pasta pot, remove the veggies, and cook the orzo.
  2. While the orzo is cooking, crumble the sausage into a frying pan and cook through, and chop the tomatoes in half.
  3. Combine the oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and mustard in a glass and whisk together with a fork.
  4. Once the pasta is cooked, toss in the cooked veggies and sausage and let cool. Add in the tomatoes and feta, and mix in the dressing.

Cook's Notes

This dressing is almost the most basic thing you can make. You can add a little spice by adding a little spice. Rosemary would also work well, or sriracha sauce if you wanted a kick.

Mark Bittman just wrote an article about salads and dressings, I suggest checking it out if you are looking for inspiration. Be sure to check out the video, for the intro if nothing else.

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