Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Refreshing Summer Side

Last night I was in the mood for something light and refreshing. I saw this recipe for an Orzo, Mozzarella and Basil Salad. I made a Chicken Sandwich to go along with it. It ended up not being such a light dish...The Hubs and I were so full. It was really good though.

Orzo Salad

1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
1 1/2 cups cubed fresh mozzarella
2 fresh plum tomatoes, seeded and cut
into bite-size pieces
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed
Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir in the orzo, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, but still firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Drain well, and let cool.
Mix the mozzarella cheese cubes, tomatoes, basil, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt with olive oil in a salad bowl. Gently mix in the orzo pasta, and toss lightly to coat the ingredients with oil.