Saturday, August 15, 2015

Orzo Salad #Recipe @PegCochran

This isn't really a strict recipe.  It was one of those "pantry/refrigerator" meal things.  I had shrimp to throw on the BBQ for dinner but I didn't have a starch or a vegetable.  And I really, really didn't want to go to the grocery store!  I'm sure you know that feeling!  So I poked around in the pantry and found a box of orzo that had some left in it.  I don't even remember the last time I made orzo but pasta doesn't really go bad so...I poked around in the pantry some more and the vegetable crisper and the freezer and came up with chick peas aka garbanzo beans, red onion, grape tomatoes and frozen corn.  I thought basil would be great with that combination but I didn't have any.  But I did have one of those "herbs in a tube" thingies of basil so I figured a squirt of that in the dressing would do the trick.

You don't need these exact ingredients--you can use what you have!  It was delicious and we really enjoyed it with our shrimp.

Cook orzo according to package directions.  How much you use depends on 
how many you want to feed.  Add a can of chick peas if you have them.

Throw in some halved or quartered grape tomatoes or a chopped tomato plus some red onion.  Such pretty colors, don't you think?

Run some hot water over your frozen corn until thawed--no need to cook it.  Add it to the mix.

               Add some fresh chopped basil to your salad or a squeeze of 
to your vinaigrette recipe or your favorite bottled dressing.

Toss salad with dressing and serve!

And now for the best part!  I'm giving away a copy of BERRIED SECRETS to someone who leaves a comment below.  Tell me what's your favorite summer salad or meal!  Maybe you'll give me some good ideas.

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  1. Right now my favorite meal is gluten free pizza made on the stove (in a skillet). It is so good! Thank you for the Orzo salad recipe (I haven't had orzo), and the chance to win.

  2. that's some very clever pantry sleuthing Peg! It looks so pretty...