Colorful Orzo Summer Salad


I love this easy salad for all summer occasions. It only requires a few ingredients, it makes a lot for a not much money, and looks beautiful in a bright colored bowl! And simply smashing on plates like these you can pick up for fun summer parties.

Doug loves this which is also always a good sign and we have a huge tub left to eat for the week – which I love! It’s very simple, cook up a box of orzo (go ahead, use the whole box) and I am a horrible at recipes, I make things up and never remember to write down what I’ve done. I cook like I paint – throw things around and enjoy the process of creating. Red cherry tomatoes sliced in half are perfect for spearing with your fork and look prettier than throwing in the whole tomato although in a pinch I will do just that. The green of some sliced up basil and a tablespoon or two of capers give you some green and a yellow pepper or even an orange one too give you a summer party atmosphere with this salad. I throw in a small can of sliced black olives (like I’d slice them when I can buy them that way already.) Top it all off with some crumbled feta is you like feta if not, just leave it out. Enough olive oil to coat the bitty pieces, some salt & pepper and I toss in about a teaspoon of herbs de provence but then again, I buy herbs de provence in bulk because I think it makes everything taste like the south of France and a girl’s gotta dream…

Until the next time inspiration strikes!

Here’s a link for a free printout of this colorful recipe. It will take a lot of printer ink but it sure will be pretty :)



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3 comments for “Colorful Orzo Summer Salad

    June 25, 2012 at 2:22 am

    This looks yummy! I hadn’t thought of using orzo in a salad so will give this a go.

  2. Susan W
    June 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    It is great with some shrimp. too.

  3. Betty
    June 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Looks delicious and I’m sure it tastes as good as it looks!  Except for the olives, which I could leave out:)

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