Summer Orzo Salad

 

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The warmer it gets out, the lighter you want the meal to be. My Orzo Salad incorporates that ideology by mixing it with the the best of summer veggies, for a delicious, and satisfactory meal that will not leave you feeling lethargic or stuck. The crispiness of the cucumbers, juiciness from the tomatoes, and the saltiness of the olives, is a perfect blend of summer. The best part, is that it can also be made vegan. Try yours today!

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients

1 ½ cups of orzo

1 ½ cups cherry or heirloom tomatoes

1 cup crumbled feta (you can use any type of cheese such as goat cheese or fresh mozzarella, or vegan cheese to make this recipe vegan)

1 cup chopped cucumbers

2 zucchinis, cut into ¼ inch half-moon shapes and grilled

8 oz of salami chopped into large pieces (you can use a vegan substitute or omit this step to make this recipe vegan)

¼ cup mint leaves, chopped

¼ cup basil, chopped

¾ cup kalamata olives, pitted and halved

Olive oil

Kosher salt black pepper

Red chili flakes

2 cups of water or chicken stock

Instructions

  • In a large saucepan, bring the 2 cups of water or chicken stock to a boil and add the orzo and a pinch of salt
  • Cook on a medium-low heat until the water has been absorbed
  • Let it sit for about 5 minutes to cool and strain it
  • In a large bowl, season the zucchini with a pinch of salt, a pinch of black pepper, and a pinch of red chili flakes, and drizzle some olive oil, and mix together
  • In a ridge grill or regular frying pan, over a high heat, cook the zucchini until it softens a little, about 5 minutes. You don’t want it to cook too much or it will get mushy. Once cooked, let cool
  • In a large bowl, add the veggies, the cheese, and the salami
  • Transfer the orzo to the veggies and drizzle some olive oil. Mix together
  • Serve as a side to fish or meat, or you can eat it as is for a healthy lunch or dinner
  • Enjoy!

 

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