Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Lemon Dill Orzo Salad

One of many, many, many reasons Summer is my favorite is the PASTA SALAD. Endless combinations; throw together your favorite things with some yummy dressing, and call it dinner. Several nights a week.

Pasta salad also happens to make perfect boat food, served in paper cups... which we confirmed last weekend during an annual lake trip, celebrating a couple of our favorite people. I pretty much made this recipe up as I threw it together on Friday night. So by all means, every component should be adjusted to taste! Lemon, dill, and cucumber are a natural combo.  A couple of the ingredients are exclusive to Trader Joe's, but easily replaced.

It's simple and tasty.

To one pound of cooked orzo, mix in the following...

one English cucumber, diced
a generous handful of dill, chopped
four ounces dill Havarti (Trader Joe's)
one bag rosemary Marcona almonds (Trader Joe's- SO good)

For the dressing, whisk together the following:

juice of two lemons
zest of one lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
one garlic clove, minced
one teaspoon Dijon mustard
a generous squirt of honey 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
(A very basic vinaigrette perfect for most any salad.)

Stir the dressing into the orzo mixture. It only gets better if it sits in the fridge a day or two! And just because I love fruit in my salad, I figured throwing in a few handfuls of strawberries wouldn't hurt a bit.

Here's to the upcoming weeks and weeks of refreshing pasta salads! Yay, Summer!


~ko said...

Yum! Thanks for the recipe I think we will be making it this weekend :) And that first picture made me laugh out loud. I like his style :)

Tegan Aubrie | Twelve13 said...

That is the best picture of Chayse. Ever.

I'm going to make this for camping this weekend! Thanks!

Heather | Cookie Mondays said...

That would be Cole, Tegan :)
I know, too many C's.

Jenntage said...

Mmmmm sounds perfect to me! Hello summer... Now just need a trader joes!!

Bronwyn said...

Yum! I love anything with dill in it! Thanks for sharing!

Mary said...

good looking salad, love the strawberries for color.

Karin Marie said...

Mmm! This looks heavenly! Never had orzo but I'll give it a try! Plus I need to start making my own salad dressings! You make it seem so easy!! Plus in a mason jar <3 love! Summer deff has yummy healthy foods! :)

Three Generations said...

looks tasty! gonna have to try that!! :)

Julie @ Joy's Hope said...

I could totally marry those almonds. Ridiculous. Want this salad like crazy.