RECIPE

Orzo and Zucchini Salad

This makes a great side salad for Greek or Italian food.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped into a small dice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 pound orzo pasta, cooked to al dente, then rinsed under cool water and drained well
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves (about 6 sprigs), finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley (a generous handful), finely chopped
  • Coarse salt and pepper, to taste
  • Mixed baby greens (optional)

Preparation

Heat a medium size skillet over medium heat. Add the EVOO, three turns of the pan, zucchini and garlic. Sauté the zucchini for 5-6 minutes and remove from the heat.

Place the drained, cooked orzo in a bowl. Add the zucchini and garlic, lemon juice, mint and parsley. Toss and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Serve on its own or on a bed of baby greens.

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