Orzo is a tiny, rice shaped pasta. The flavor is more delicate than rice but other than that it makes a great substitute for rice in most dishes. Using it as a base for a salad is pure D. genius because the ingredients don’t all fall to the bottom of the bowl like in many pasta salads.
It was hot yesterday. I got up to walk with a friend at 5:30 a.m. and then home to get breakfast and blog…then to the grocers…then home to try to throw supper together and it was all ready late. No time for rice!
I grabbed the orzo and set it to boil while I peeled and chopped and grated like a mad-woman. This was the result and I have to tell you that it is fantastic! All the amounts given are easily changed to your own tastes and pantry needs. Many of the ingredients for this came out of our garden.
1 lb orzo, cooked
4 cups steamed green beans
1 purple onion chopped
1 red pepper chopped
2 cucumbers, diced (peel them if they are waxed)
1 tbs sesame seed oil
1 cup hulled, roasted sunflower seeds
1/4 c sesame seeds
Ginger Lime Dressing
3 tbs sesame oil
2 tbs Ume Plum Vinegar
2 tbs organic soy sauce
1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, grated
one garlic clove grated
3 tbs honey
juice and grated rind of 1/2 lime
Mix the vegetables and orzo.
In a small pan over medium high heat heat the 1 tbs of sesame oil Add the sesame seeds and the sunflower seeds and stir rapidly until browned Add to the green bean mixture. Stir well.
Mix the dressing ingredients and pour over orzo mixture. Allow to marinate for at least 15 minutes. Serves about 8 -10.