Sometimes you just throw something together not knowing how it will come out and it ends up being delicious, and you don’t even expect it. This is what happened with this salad. That isn’t the case all the time, but occasionally it does happen. This is my cold orzo salad with asparagus.
The recipe is below, but first….here’s a few of my “throw together’s” to share with you in case you missed them….
Now onto the Orzo Salad….
I made this a couple of years ago for the first time using things I had on hand – trying to come up with a side dish. I’ve made it several times since.
It’s a great recipe for a picnic, cookout, get together or any time you need a good side dish.
Cold Asparagus Orzo Salad
2/3 cup dry orzo
5 cups chicken broth
1/4 pound fresh asparagus spears, washed and snapped
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
1 box (snack size – about 2 tbsp) raisins
1/4 cup pecans, crushed
3 basil leaves, chopped, or 1 tsp dried basil
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp mayo
2 tbsp sea salt
1 tbsp coarse pepper
First, make the dressing. Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, mayo, basil, salt and pepper. Refrigerate.
Bring the chicken broth to a boil; add orzo. Return to a boil and cook uncovered for about 8 minutes. Add the asparagus and cook for another 4 minutes, or until the asparagus is crisp tender. Pour into a colander and drain.
Combine the orzo/asparagus mixture with the dressing, pecans, sun dried tomatoes and raisins. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
If it’s more than a few hours or overnight, add a little olive oil and give it a good stir to refresh it. If you have some fresh lemons on hand, you could squeeze a little on top too.
The contrast of the raisins with sun dried tomatoes and lemon juice is just amazing, and then you have the crunch of the pecans.
What great recipes have you made that are thrown together from your pantry?
kankanaJuly 19, 2011 at 7:56 PM
They all looks so very delicious. And orzo salad is perfect for summer!
[email protected]July 18, 2011 at 6:57 PM
Shea, this looks soooo good!! I especially like the pecans and sun-dried tomatoes…. yummo!
Dixie ChikJuly 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Thanks Kate! Love ya!
NatalieJuly 17, 2011 at 9:25 AM
Sounds lovely, I wish we could get orzo here, I guess I could use rice instead. Looks like a perfect summer meal, I can’t face anything hot in this unbearable heat! My fridge emptying meal is a veggie paella, just throw in whatever veg you have left and it’s always a winner!
Dixie ChikJuly 17, 2011 at 8:26 AM
Thanks Jessica! I love curry too 🙂
JessicaJuly 17, 2011 at 1:05 AM
Your dishes look way too amazing for anyone to tell that it’s a “throw together”! I love the cold orzo salad. So perfect as a side salad to a grilled meat or just about anything.
I love making curry when I have a bunch of produce and random leftovers!