Basil Orzo Pasta

Fresh Basil Orzo Salad

This Orzo Salad is one of my favorite recipes, not only for it’s simplicity but intricate mix of flavor. Great for parties or a simple side dish, the basil keeps the pasta feeling ‘light’ and golden raisins really add an unexpected sweetness to the tangy dressing. People love it!

Ingredients $25.00 (8 Servings)

  • Lemon Juice 1/4 cup
  • Dijon mustard 1 tsp
  • Garlic cloves 2-3 units
  • Basil (about one bunch, or 1 cup, divided) 1 unit
  • Sundried Tomatoes julienne cut 1/2 cup
  • Orzo pasta 2 cups
  • Artichoke Hearts (about two cans) 28 ozs
  • Golden Raisins 3/4 cups
  • Pine Nuts toasted 1/2 cup
  • Green Onions 3 units

For Dressing:

You could very easily purchase store-bought hummus to save time, but it’s so much more fun to make your own!

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients (lemon juice, mustard, garlic, 1/2 cup basil, and olive oil).
  2. Use food processor or hand mixture to puree ingredients until smooth and emulsified.
  3. Transfer to small bowl and set aside.

Orzo Pasta:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the orzo and cook according to package directions until al dente.
  2. Rinse well in cold water. Transfer to large bowl and toss lightly with olive oil to prevent grains from sticking.

To Serve:

  1. Drain and cut artichokes lengthwise into 6 wedges, add to pasta with raisins, pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, 1/2 julienned basil, and green onions.
  2. Drizzle with the dressing and toss evenly to coat.
  3. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Transfer to serving bowl.

Can make in advance, remove from refrigerator 30 min prior to bring to room temp.

Paul Trusik

35 y/o web guru vegan enthusiast encouraging meat/dairy-free habits. Since college, reaping health benefits of clean eating. Diet is a lifestyle, not a fad.

More Posts

Tags: ,

Comment 0 Replies

Your Information