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Mediterranean Asparagus Orzo Salad

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Mediterranean Asparagus Orzo Salad

It's asparagus season baby. Which means it's good in everything. Here's an orzo salad that's amazing served hot or cold - so it's perfect for a fancy dinner or a simple picnic. Which reminds me, it's time to set up the hammock...

Seriously, this recipe is so easy, I only really needed to take 3 pictures.

Seriously, this recipe is so easy, I only really needed to take 3 pictures. Boil a large pot of water and add the orzo. Cook according to the instructions on the box.

This side can be served hot or cold! Enjoy!

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Tags: Asparagus , Orzo , Mediterranean

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Mediterranean Asparagus Orzo Salad

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Makes 2-3 servings

Ingredients:

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  • 1 cup cooked orzo
  • 3 stalks asparagus, chopped
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 ball mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (best if infused with Italian herbs)
  • 3-4 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1-2 baby carrots, sliced
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Here's How:

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  1. Boil a large pot of water and add the orzo. Cook according to the instructions on the box.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil then saute the sliced onions and carrots for 2-3 minutes or until the onions are turning translucent. Toss in the asparagus and tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes are losing their moisture and the asparagus cuts easily when pressed - about 5-6 minutes. Stir constantly.
  3. Add the cooked orzo to the skillet and stir to combine the veggies together. Add the lemon juice and stir completely. Sprinkle on a touch of salt and pepper.
  4. If you are using mozzarella, wait until the orzo has cooled completely before adding it. This side can be served hot or cold! Enjoy!

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