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    Thursday, March 01, 2012

    Summer Pasta _ Orzo Salad

    Of course you can put anything you like in a Salad 
    but this Combo worked really well.
    I had some leftover poached chicken so what 
    better vehicle to carry it but a Pasta Salad
     I think this is a great entry for Ruth of the Blog Site Once Upon A Feast
    She has an event called Presto Pasta Nights. Every week bloggers from around the world put their favourite Pasta recipes on her site.

    Now this week this is the 5th Birthday of the Blogging Event. Have a look here
    I really like Orzo, it cooks quickly and just absorbs flavours better than anything.
    Fresh Sweet Corn is available at the moment and I like to pop a cob in the Microwave for about 4 minutes
    Corn is OK raw, but just a little cooking completely enhances the flavour.
    Let cool so you can handle it
    Cut off the kernels
    So cook your Orzo in plenty of boiling well salted water
    Should take about 6 minutes.
    Drain and then toss in about 2 tablespoons of olive oil
    Zest and Juice of a lemon
    Freshly ground black pepper
    Set aside
    Meanwhile finely chop a medium red onion
    Marinate in your favourite French Dressing for at least an hour.

    Finely Chop
    1 stalk of celery.
    1 spring onion
    1 large tomato, quartered seeds, removed
    1/2 red pepper
    Add to Orzo
    The add the kernels of cooked corn 
    Plus the marinated onion complete with dressing
    Toss everything together
    Taste and adjust seasoning

    Finally add your protein of choice
    In this case I had poached chicken
    Dale doesn't eat chicken, so he had some leftover mashed egg
    Canned Tuna
    Maybe Feta Cheese

    Anything you like.
    This was an excellent lunch.
    And we have leftovers for tomorrow

    1 comment:

    Ruth Daniels said...

    Given that it's winter - with blustery winds, a bit of a snow storm and lots of greyness... this salad is a perfect way to bring a little summer inside. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.