For times when you're craving pasta but wouldn't dare slurp down a bowl of spaghetti or ziti, we have your answer. Orzo is a tiny noodle that totally looks like rice but is, in fact, pasta. It lends itself super well to soups and salads because of its size, but also works super well mixed with lots of super health-tastic herbs and veggies.
Since you're clearly about to start a slow and steady detox after binging on hot dogs and beer all weekend, here's a recipe for an ah-mazing orzo herb salad that'll get you to your happy place just in time for you to destroy it the next time you go to a summer cookout.
- 1 cup orzo
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped (or just pull those leaves off the stems – they're tiny and it's whatever)
- 1 cup fresh arugula, torn to bite-size pieces
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
- 1/2 cup feta cheese OR ricotta salata if you can find it
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Cook the orzo according to package directions. While that does its thang, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Once the orzo is done and drained, transfer it to a medium bowl. Mix in the parsley, thyme, arugula, dried cherries, pine nuts, and cheese. Toss the whole thing together and add more seasoning if desired, otherwise you're done and can eat. Hooray! PS you can totally double this and make it for a crowd. People LOVE this shit. Congrats on being the hero of the cookout.