You know what’s so great about warm weather?
Dinner that requires no real recipe and can just come in the form of a use-up-whatcha-got kinda deal…
Did someone just say pasta salad??? 😛
Speaking of, here’s one I came up with over the weekend using a fun pasta called orzo.
Have you had it?
It may trick you into thinking it’s rice, but don’t be fooled, this orzo stuff can make just about any summer pasta salad anything but normal n’ boring!
Canned chick peas
Whole black olives
Salsa verde is a different take on the basic oil & vinegar that usually dresses a summer pasta medley, but I figured, hey why not?
It pairs wonderfully with the addition of fresh cilantro and spicy jalapeno, adding a bit of a tang to the whole dish.
And if you haven’t had salsa verde before you should definitely give it a whirl. It gets its green color from the tomatillo, which has a lovely almost tart and tangy flavor.
I’ve even taken a stab at making my own salsa verde at home a while back…
Come to think of it, perhaps I need to try that out again now that I’m on this recent salsa kick and all!
But back to the our regularly scheduled programming…
What’s also great about this dish?
Not only can you make it ahead of time and stash it away for mid-week lunches but there’s also no worries about leaving it out while enjoying that fresh summer air —> no mayo and no meat means no worries… 😛
“Summer-proof” if you will!
(who says these kinds of things?)
What’s your favorite type of salsa? Traditional tomato, fun sweet fruit or something even more out of the ordinary?!
Salsa Verde Orzo Salad 1. Boil orzo according to direction. Drain and let cool for a few minutes. 2. Combine cooled orzo with frozen peas, black olives, chickpeas, diced jalapeno, salsa verde and chopped cilantro. Stir to mix thoroughly. Season with salt & pepper. Serve!
Salsa Verde Orzo Salad
1. Boil orzo according to direction. Drain and let cool for a few minutes.
2. Combine cooled orzo with frozen peas, black olives, chickpeas, diced jalapeno, salsa verde and chopped cilantro. Stir to mix thoroughly. Season with salt & pepper.