May 4, 2010

Orzo Pasta Salad

Orzo Pasta Salad

Some people give you an instant "yuck" face when you mention vegetarian food. They get visions of eating raw broccoli or steamed brussel sprouts. I think vegetarian food often gets a bad rap.

I love when I find great vegetarian recipes, like these tasty Black bean burgers or these mouth- watering Vegetarian salad rolls.

But, unfortunately, this Orzo Pasta Salad recipe, just didn't reach that level. I was a bit saddened, it just didn't do it for me. Didn't have enough wow to it. It felt like it was really missing something.

Pity I say.

Off to forage for something better.


Orzo Pasta Salad
serves 6

8 oz. orzo pasta
2 green onions, thinly sliced
8 oz. mushrooms, quartered
1 lb asparagus, chopped into 1/2 pieces
1 cup frozen peas
salt and pepper, to taste

3 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp whole grain mustard
1-1/2 tsp brown sugar

Cook the orzo pasta, rinse with cold water and set aside.

Cook the green onions in a frying pan for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and asparagus and cook an additional 5-6 minutes. Stir in the peas and remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Whisk together the vinegar, oil, mustard and brown sugar in a large bowl until well mixed. Add the vegetables and orzo pasta and mix until well incorporated.


Recipe adapted from: Spring Orzo Salad, Vegetarian Times Magazine


Anonymous said...

It looks yummy though.
I knew about your blog for some time now but have just recently spent some time on it. I have to say I am a huge fan already!! Your pictures are awesome and I can't wait to try some of the recipes. BTW, it's Cecile, I'll have to figure out how to start an account and all that. I'm not that computer savvy even though J has tried to the drill info into my head :)

Maki said...

Hi Cecile!

Glad you like!

I'm really not that computer savvy either but I think our hubby's are our crutch, since they know their away around them :)

kiwibouldingue said...

I'm fond of a spinach and orzo salad I found on Allrecipes:

It's satisfying and wonderfully flavourful.

Maki said...

Thanks! Sounds wonderful :)

smilinggreenmom said...

It sure does look good! I have not tried orzo yet but we are on a family mission of trying new healthy whole grains and I would love to try this. Our favorite so far is a pasta made from Kamut Khorasan Wheat! It is soooo good - have you tried this yet? Anyway - thanks for your honest thoughts on this :)

Maki said...

I've eaten kamut before. I went on a kick of trying all sorts of new grains last year. I can imagine the kamut makes a great pasta.

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