Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus and Tomatoes AND Giveaway Winner!

I found this side dish on A Big Mouthful and I am so glad I did.  We absolutely loved everything about it.  It was light, healthy, and full of flavor.  The lemon gave the orzo a nice summery feel and the asparagus and tomatoes made it seem a little more hearty.  I served this delicious salad with the Paprika Panko Crusted Chicken Thighs and the Italian Salad with Fresh Basil Vinaigrette.  The whole meal was delicious but the orzo was my favorite part of dinner .   My husband took the leftovers to work the next day and he said it was really tasty.

Boil a pot of salted water over high heat.  Add the orzo and cook per instructions.  Add the chopped asparagus to the boiling water/orzo 2 minutes before the orzo finishes cooking.  Drain the orzo and asparagus.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.  Add the orzo and asparagus to the skillet and toss to coat evenly.  Add the lemon juice, zest, tomatoes, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then gently mix until well combined.  Place into a serving dish then top with freshly chopped parsley and Parmesan if desired.  Enjoy.

 

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Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus and Tomatoes

Yield: 5

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

6 oz of orzo, cooked per instructions
6 asparagus spears, chopped into thirds
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Handful of grape tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
Zest and juice from half a lemon
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Boil a pot of salted water over high heat. Add the orzo and cook per instructions. Add the chopped asparagus to the boiling water/orzo 2 minutes before the orzo finishes cooking. Drain the orzo and asparagus.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the orzo and asparagus to the skillet then toss to coat evenly. Add the lemon juice, zest, tomatoes, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then gently mix until well combined. Place into a serving dish then top with freshly chopped parsley and Parmesan if desired. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by A Big Mouthful

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27 Responses to “Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus and Tomatoes AND Giveaway Winner!”

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    Martha — May 6, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    I may have to try orzo someday. Never have but I see a lot of recipes with it that sound really yummy! And I love asparagus! These colors draw me in.

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    Honey What's Cooking — May 6, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    looks delicious.. I love orzo pasta.. it’s like half way between rice and pasta. so light and healthy.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 6, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    Yum! This looks like such an easy, hearty, healthy side dish that would go well with anything. Plus, orzo is one of my favorite kinds of pasta.

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    Fantastic! — May 6, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    Hi Susan!
    Thank you very much for providing this recipe! I tried it this weekend, my husband and kids loved it and they are asking for more :) , next time I will do a larger quantity.

    Thanks again

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    Kris — May 6, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

    I love orzo. I am bookmarking this one!!!!
    : ) Kris

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    gloria — May 6, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

    This look really
    elicious Pam:)

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    Kim in MD — May 7, 2012 @ 4:24 am

    This looks so fresh and “Springy”, Pam! I imagine it was the perfect side dish to the Panko Crusted Chicken. You make the most amazing meals!

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    Jenn's Food Journey — May 7, 2012 @ 5:30 am

    Gorgeous salad with lots of flavor.. what’s not to love???
    Congratulations to Susan for wining the apron!!!

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    Blog is the New Black — May 7, 2012 @ 5:45 am

    So fresh, light, and delicious!

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook — May 7, 2012 @ 5:54 am

    Looks so fresh and light. Great looking salad, we’d love everything in there!

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    Mary — May 7, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    I love orzo and I almost always make it with a lemon flavor combination. This looks perfect to me!

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    Peggy Recker — May 7, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    This sounds wonderful!

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    Debbie — May 7, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    This looks so good I am going to make it for Mother’s Day this weekend with our grilled salmon! Love your site and have printed out more recipes than you can imagine. I am never disappointed-thanks!

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    Joanne — May 7, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    Pasta salads like this scream summer to me with all the veggies and fresh lemony flavor. Total yum!

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    jackie @ marin mama cooks — May 7, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    I love orzo salad and it almost tastes better the next day once the flavors have had a chance to mesh together. It’s also a great leftover salad because it tastes great cold as well. I could see throwing some feta cheese on top of this! Yum!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — May 7, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    Yummy salad! The veggies add a great color, and the lemon sounds perfect!

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    Diane — May 7, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

    I made this tonight with hamburgers. A nice quick dinner. What a great side dish! I love your orzo with peas and parmesan too!

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    Rhonda (@diningalone) — May 7, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    Orzo is one of my favorite salad making pastas, and my husband will even eat it. I have pinned this to try soon!

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    Blond Duck — May 7, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try orzo!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — May 7, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

    This looks like a great side dish. I love all the ingredients in it.

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    Chris — May 8, 2012 @ 7:09 pm

    This looks like it could be a good main lunch course. Summery and delicious.

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    karen — May 9, 2012 @ 6:07 am

    Made this last night to go with my salmon with pesto. It was a great go along. I used a little fresh basil instead of parsley since I was out and it was really good. Thanks!

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    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — May 11, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    This looks so light a refreshing! The perfect summer side dish!

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    Liz — May 21, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    Way to go! Another great recipe! We gobbled this up!

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    Rebecca. A — May 16, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    This salad is delicious. I have one question, is it meant to be served cold,warm or room temp?

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    • Pam replied: — May 16th, 2013 @ 7:52 am

      I served it warm.

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    Kimm — July 2, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    Made this tonight. Perfect lite summer dish

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