Orzo Salad with Grape Tomatoes and Radishes

Total Time:
32 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
17 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Orzo Salad:
  • 1 pound orzo
  • 1 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1 small English cucumber, diced (about 3 cups)
  • 1 bunch radishes, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 5 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup pepitas, toasted (see Cook's Note)
  • Vinaigrette:
  • 1 shallot, finely minced (about 2 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 1 to 1 1/2 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions
  • For the salad: Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the orzo and cook at a lazy boil until just tender, about 9 minutes. Transfer to a colander and drain well, then transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the tomatoes, cucumber, radishes, olives, cheese, basil, mint and parsley to the orzo.

  • For the vinaigrette: Whisk together the shallot, mustard and lemon juice in a small bowl. Add the oil in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Pour the vinaigrette over the orzo salad and toss well to distribute the ingredients evenly. Serve warm or at room temperature. Or make ahead and chill. Garnish with the pepitas before serving.

  • Cook's Note: To toast pepitas, lightly coat the seeds with olive oil. Season with kosher salt, then spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast at 400 degrees F, stirring occasionally, until golden and fragrant, 5 to 8 minutes. You'll know they're almost done when you hear them start to pop.


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