July 07, 2012

Orzo Vegetable Salad

I had a lovely morning in Wauwatosa today shopping at the farmers' market.  I picked up kohlrabi and cucumbers which I added to an orzo salad that I made for lunch.  I loved it, and I think it makes an ideal summer lunch.

I also stopped at Outpost Natural Foods and Oro di Oliva in Wauwatosa today, which contributed ingredients to my salad as well.  Here's a look at where everything came from -

Outpost Natural Foods - orzo
My Container Garden - parsley and chives
Oro di Oliva - olive oil and balsamic vinegar
LaClare Farms - goat cheese (delivered with CSA box)
Wauwatosa Farmers' Market - cucumber and kohlrabi
HighCross Farm CSA - carrots (Scarlet Nantes variety) 

I used my favorite 18-year balsamic vinegar but next time I plan to use a white balsamic vinegar because the dark vinegar colored the orzo and kohlrabi.  It would have done the same to the goat cheese, but I initially forgot to add it, so it wasn't part of the salad when I mixed in the dressing.

Orzo Vegetable Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (8 servings)
    • 1 cup orzo
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil

    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
    • 1/4 olive oil
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 cucumber, chopped
    • 2 large carrots, chopped
    • 1 kohlrabi, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
    • 4 oz goat cheese, crumbled/cubed
    • Fill a large saucepan with water to cook the orzo. Bring to a boil, add orzo and cook for about 9 minutes.
    • Drain, then transfer to a large bowl. Add a tablespoon of oil to help keep the pasta from sticking together, and stir to coat the pasta in oil. Let cool.
    • Meanwhile, in a small bowl thoroughly whisk all the dressing ingredients together, combine ingredients in a jar and shake.
    • After the pasta has cooled, add the vegetables, fresh herbs and cheese. Mix well. Pour dressing on the mixture, then mix together.
    • Taste for seasoning. Add additional salt and pepper, as desired. Place in a serving bowl, and chill until serving.
    Recipe adapted from: Seriously Simple
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