14 Apr Orzo Salad

Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis by The Baker’s Mann. Find other delicious recipes here.

 

Ingredients (Salad):

 

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1.5 cups orzo
  • 1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1.5 cups red and yellow teardrop tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh mozzarella, cubed into bite size pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Ingredients (Red Wine Vinaigrette):

 

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

 

Directions:

 

  1. Pour the broth into a heavy large saucepan. Cover the pan and bring the broth to a boil over high heat. Stir in the orzo. Cover partially and cook until the orzo is tender but still firm to the bite, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes. Drain the orzo through a strainer. Transfer the orzo to a large wide bowl and toss until the orzo cools slightly. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. Mix the vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper in a blender. With the machine running, gradually blend in the oil. Season the vinaigrette to taste, with more salt and pepper, if desired.
  3. Toss the orzo with the beans, tomatoes, onion, basil, mozzarella, and about 3/4 cup vinaigrette to coat. Season the salad, to taste, with salt and pepper, and serve at room temperature.