Hi everyone, it’s Alyssa again from My Sequined Life with a pasta side dish just perfect for get-togethers (Mother’s Day, anyone?). To me, pasta salads signify warmer weather on the horizon. For one they’re usually not served warm so they have a refreshing quality to them, and they play nicely with other barbecue accoutrements. Some are creamy and some are tangy, but either way pasta salad is a favorite of mine. If you like more classic orzo, you have to try this recipe!
This lemon orzo pasta salad isn’t creamy (in fact, it’s dairy-free), but it’s certainly flavorful and just right for spring/summer weather with lots of fresh basil and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Chopped almonds, cannellini beans, and tomatoes are stirred into the mix for a little bit of crunch, protein, and veggie goodness. All you need to do is cook and drain the pasta, stir up the liquids, and and stir to combine everything. This recipe yields a fair amount of servings, making it a great dish to serve at a party, or you could even serve it as a main dish with chicken, shrimp, or your favorite protein over top. I’ve done that with grilled chicken and it instantly made me think ‘summer’!
The great thing about pasta salads is that by and large they’re customizable. I used orzo here, but any sort of small shaped pastas would work, too. I’m thinking rotini, farfalle, even penne. The juice of three lemons are used here, but add as much (or as little) lemon juice as you like. I didn’t want the lemon to be too overpowering, but of course that’s all relative. Add enough to fit with your tastes! You can also sub in chickpeas for the cannellini beans (or omit entirely), add some chopped onion, etc.
What is Orzo Pasta?
Orzo, or sometimes called risoni, is a short-cut pasta resembling a long grain rice.
Can Orzo be Cooked in a Rice Cooker?
You can cook Orzo and other pastas in a rice cooker.
Just put dry pasta in cooker and add water to cover. (maybe add to 1/8-1/4 inch above pasta).
Add a little salt and about a tsp. oil and start cooker.
Remove from cooker just as it switches to “warm” to avoid browning on the bottom.
Is Orzo Healthier than Rice?
Orzo and rice have about the same carbohydrate content, but orzo has twice the protein.
Orzo can be used in place of rice in many recipes.
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Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 332 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 99mg Carbohydrates: 48g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 6g Protein: 12g
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