A fresh and delicious pasta salad that tosses orzo pasta, cherry tomatoes, mint and feta cheese in a red wine vinaigrette. The orzo has a great texture, and this makes a perfect summer picnic salad!
Sometimes I think my life could make a very entertaining sitcom.
Take this morning, for instance. I am standing at the bathroom sink, trying to put on my make-up…one foot on the toilet lid, contorted with my knee bent to stop my one and a half year old Kai from getting to the trash can. Then he averts his attention from the trash can, and quickly dives for the roll of toilet paper…which I am not ready for. He yanks on it, and manages to get a good length of it before I can stop him.
Then he’s gone in a flash…disappeared into my bedroom, and it is eerily quiet. Quiet is bad in my house. So I go to find him, and what do I find? My humidifier. The little humidifying hole plugged up with toilet paper. There is also a corner of paper hanging out of his mouth. He says “mmmmm!”
Not an end-of-the-world catastrophe, just a snapshot of my life these days. One eye always to be on Mr. Trouble, and never, ever a dull moment.
No matter if you are chasing a toddler or not, everyone needs a good, simple and easy recipe for the warmer weather. And I have just the recipe for you!
This is my twist on the old pasta salad. You know the one, dripping in creamy dressing, with the odd vegetable floating around in there.
This salad is not quite the same. I used orzo pasta for one thing, which gives it a really nice texture. And the vinaigrette is not heavy or creamy, but a light and tangy red wine vinaigrette with a hint of garlic.
I tossed in some fresh herbs: parsley and mint. The mint absolutely makes this salad. Don’t skip it! The herbs, especially the mint, really bring a freshness to the salad, and go perfectly with the salty feta cheese.
I tossed in some fresh cherry tomatoes and radishes, but you can use any veggie you’d like: we also added celery and bell peppers to a different batch.
And I was a real space case with this recipe because there were actually supposed to be chickpeas in there. But my Mom Brain got in the way when I was photographing the salad. I totally forgot to put them in! So feel free to add chickpeas to the salad!
So….yep. A super easy (and healthy) pasta salad, perfect for this warmer weather that should be arriving…any day now?
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
- 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- ¼ cup red onion, chopped
- ⅓ cup fresh mint, chopped
- ¼ cup parsley, chopped
- 1 cup radishes, sliced
- ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 3 teaspoons sugar
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon Dijon
- salt and pepper
- Cook orzo according to package instructions, and allow to cool.
- Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
- Shake together all vinaigrette ingredients until sugar is completely dissolved, then stir into the salad until completely combined.
Salad will keep for up to 2 days if kept separate from the dressing.