When I stopped by the market today, I found the most beautiful lemons. And if I have lemons, I must make lemony orzo salad. I thought about making lemonade, but nothing is better than fresh juicy lemons for a fresh summer salad. As a side salad or an entree salad with Tofu Feta Cheese, lemony orzo salad recipe tastes like summer in a bowl.
Since orzo pasta is so light and fluffy, the lemony dressing soaks into the pasta and bathes the vegetables. Not only is lemony orzo salad easy to make, but it can also be dressed and made ahead of time.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN LEMONY ORZO SALAD RECIPE?
Although the main highlights of the salad are the orzo and the lemony dressing, the vegetables complement each other. Even though you can choose any of your favorite vegetables, I selected a few of my favorite ingredients. Another must is the combination of fresh herbs to enhance the flavors of the vegetables and lemony dressing.
- Orzo pasta (If you are looking for a gluten-free option, try gluten-free orzo)
- Red onion
- Grape tomatoes
Since orzo pasta cooks so quickly, lemony orzo salad recipe can be made in under 15 minutes. Of course, if you plan to make Tofu Feta Cheese to add for an entree salad, make the tofu feta ahead of time.
OIL-FREE LEMONY DRESSING FOR LEMONY ORZO SALAD
Because the lemony dressing highlights the orzo salad, I used a light champagne vinegar to bring out the lemony flavor.
Like other wine vinegar, champagne vinegar is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. The acid from the grapes, once combined with the other dressing ingredients, creates a delicious oil-free dressing for any salad.
LEMONY DRESSING INGREDIENTS
Once the orzo salad ingredients are combined, toss with the dressing, ahead of time, and allow the salad to cool in the refrigerator until ready to serve. In fact, the longer the lemony orzo salad sits in the refrigerator, the better.
Then, I garnished with beautiful slices of lemon to add more lemony flavor.
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