Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with Mint

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Now here’s a good one!

My friend Kevin referred me to the inspiration behind this dish – a Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with Mint

When I saw the ingredients I knew I would love it.

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It involves all the ingredients I love – and have been using lately – namely the orzo pasta from my Easy Baby Pasta “Risotto” dish, mint (fresh from my deck garden) and cucumber.

Cucumber is one of the last veggies my kiddos are eating these days so may as well make some recipes around them. I always have them in the house 🙂

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And I added fresh peas to the original recipe just because I also love them and the kids (ok, one kid) will eat them.

Maybe you have fresh peas in your garden??

If so, colour me jealous 😉

The first time I made this I went with the feta but you could also use boccochini – which is another recent obsession of mine – especially with the watermelon+basil+boccochini+balsamic vinegar salad (really – that’s all there is too it – see!)

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Feta or boccochini, I will absolutely be making this Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with Mint a lot this summer.

Hubby and I have been craving a good BBQ’d shrimp skewer lately and I think this would pair amazingly with some crustacean-action….

Nom nom 🙂

Enjoy!

Lemony Orzo Salad with Mint

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups dry orzo pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, or just enough to lightly coat the pasta
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 large English cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup fresh peas
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup boccochini cheese or 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the orzo al dente according to package directions (about 9 minutes).
  2. Drain the pasta, let cool for a couple of minutes, and toss with the olive oil, lemon juice and zest, cucumber, peas, mint and cheese of choice.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve chilled or at room-temperature. Take along to work with you in a jar or other sealed container. Add BBQ'd chicken or salmon for a complete meal.
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  • Christa
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    Love love love the Lemony Orzo Salad with Mint. Even my hubby can’t get enough of it! So fresh for summer! Definitely will be on our menu several times this summer!

  • Marni Kirkland
    Reply

    So….I am not really cooking lately
    Kids are super busy
    I am addicted to work but I am going to make this for me and your aunt asap!

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