Light & Fresh Tomato & Orzo salad

The other night we went out for wings at a local bar that has a million (ok, maybe like 100+) different beers from around the world. I love going there for wings, but unfortunately it is very close to the college & therefor during the school year we almost never go because there are too many college kids (and at age 27, I already can not deal with that type of bar crowd – I’ve always been such an “old lady” at heart!) BUT – I am not posting about wings, I’m posting about eating before wings. I don’t know about anyone else, but I always eat before going for wings so I don’t eat too many wings & then get sick and things like that.

Tomato, Orzo, & Garbanzo bean Salad

We had a ton of fresh cherry tomatoes & I was browsing my favorite site: www.foodgawker.com when I came across a beautiful picture for Orzo Tomato Salad from “The Hazel Bloom” who has a very real and down to earth approach to her blog which I like – so check out my inspiration for tonight at her blog and was sold! I had to run out to the store (the poor puppy had eaten the last of her dog food that morning) so while I was out I bought my first ever box of orzo (I know I have eaten it out before – just never grew up having it or cooking it, I’m now quite pleased with it though). Came home & mixed it up – cut up those fresh tomatoes, mixed in the 2 cups of cooked orzo, fresh basil & mint from outside, a can of garbanzo beans and our light dinner was ready. I let it sit out for much of the afternoon just because I wanted it room temperature & it was fabulous. Thinking I’m gonna try it again with our big tomatoes we have right now: the flavors and textures and everything in this dish just worked (entree, lunch, side, whatever) – just enjoy it!

Comments

Light & Fresh Tomato & Orzo salad — 4 Comments

  1. Love the pic…wings does pose a challenge, though. Many are very particular about their wing sauce…yes, I know, not fresh ingredients, but wings, hot sauce or BBQ, could be fun…

  2. Hi Rachel! Thanks so much for your nice words about The Hazel Bloom – I’m so glad you found me and enjoyed the recipe (though Giada deserves most of the credit for the recipe itself!)

    Congrats on starting your new blog – I wish you the best! It’s lots of fun.

  3. I would suggest trying this with Farro…an Italian wheat grain…very healthy. Also adding Kalamata olives, sliced cucumber and red onions…this is such a great season to vary recipes with whatever you have in the garden! Have fun…blog looks great…congratulations!
    Dorothy