This striking pasta salad recipe can be made in under 20 minutes. The unusual combination of citrus flavors with sun-dried tomatoes and olives works perfectly, and it seems like a much fancier and more complex dish than it really is.
Of course, like nearly every recipe here at Casual Kitchen, this recipe is affordable, healthy and really easy to make. And, in today's post I have an extra bonus: a cookbook giveaway! See below for the details.
Citrus Orzo Salad With Olives and Sundried Tomatoes
(modified from The Deen Bros. Get Fired Up Cookbook)
1 cup dried orzo pasta
2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
2 Tablespoons orange juice
1 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup medium black olives
4-6 Tablespoons coarsely chopped sundried tomatoes
1) Cook orzo according to directions.
2) Meanwhile, mix olive oil, orange zest, orange juice, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
3) Once the orzo is cooked, drain, and then combine the orzo in a large bowl with olives and sundried tomatoes. Pour citrus dressing over everything and combine well. Serve warm or chilled.
Serves 4. Can be easily doubled.
1) You'll want to slightly undercook the orzo. There are few things worse than a slippery, soggy overcooked orzo pasta salad. This the only risk that exists with this otherwise ridiculously easy recipe.
2) Forget about using orange juice poured from a carton. Just squeeze it directly from the orange you used for the orange zest. I'll be writing in the next few weeks about the illusory freshness of purchased orange juice.
3) A final few words about the cookbook that was the source of this recipe: The Deen Bros. Get Fired Up: First of all, okay, we're talking about the sons of Paula Deen. And that's why, at first, I was expecting hilariously fattening, butter-laden recipes on every page. In reality, however, the exact opposite is true: there's a great range of healthy, highly creative and original recipes in this book, and lots of great tips on how to make your tailgating, grilling and outdoor picnic experiences easy and fun. I was really positively surprised by this cookbook, and at a relatively reasonable $14.00 at Amazon, I highly recommend it to readers.
4) Last but not least: The giveaway! I've been given an extra review copy of today's cookbook, and I'll give it away to a lucky reader. Leave a comment below with your favorite, simple cooking tip (hey, we have to make the contest add value to other readers too, right?), and I'll choose a winner, randomly, from the tips below. The contest will end at 5pm ET on Friday, October 21. Good luck, and get those tips ready!
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