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I had this great lemon orzo salad from a local gourmet deli so I wanted to see if I could replicate it. After looking around at different recipes, this is what I came up with. It makes for a great pasta/rice dish for a potluck.
- If pine nuts are not toasted, toast them on a cookie sheet in a 350F oven for 5-10 minutes or until golden brown.
- Boil water in a 6-8 quart pot with optional flavor cubes.
- Add orzo and cook until tender.
- Drain orzo in colander and rinse with cold water.
- Toss orzo in a large bowl with the olive oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
- Then toss in the rest of the ingredients.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- You can add more lemon juice if you like it really lemony.
- Chill salad for 3-4 hours before serving.
Simple and delicious! I add a few handfuls of chopped kalamata olives. Thanks!
I've been making this salad 2 summers in a row. It's fabulous. The lemon and basil taste like summer to us. Great to take to a picnic or neighborhood cookout. Delicious!
I have similar recipe I was going to post but instead of basil they have 1 cup thinly sliced scallions (3 tbsp. lemon juice, no bouillon). Thanks!