Orzo Salad with Basil and Heirloom Tomatoes

Orzo Salad with Basil and Heirloom Tomatoes is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
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Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 8

This simple side dish depends on the quality of the ingredients, so buy fresh vine-ripened tomatoes and a fine extra-virgin olive oil.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. mixed heirloom tomatoes of various sizes, including cherry tomatoes
  • Salt, to taste, plus 1 1/2 tsp.
  • 3 cups orzo pasta
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, snipped into small pieces, plus 4 to 6 whole leaves for garnish

Directions:

Cut large or medium tomatoes into 1/2-inch cubes. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half. Set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the orzo. When the water returns to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and cook until the orzo is al dente, about 9 minutes or according to the package directions. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. (The orzo can be prepared up to 6 hours in advance; toss it with a small amount of olive oil to keep it from sticking, cover and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature before serving.)

Add the tomatoes, the 1 1/2 tsp. salt, the olive oil, vinegar and pepper and stir gently until well mixed. Add the snipped basil and stir again. Garnish with the basil leaves and serve at room temperature. Serves 6 to 8.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Entertaining with the Seasons (Free Press, 2010).

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent and easy! I made this salad several times last summer. We absolutely loved it! The ingredients can be adjusted easily and it still tastes wonderful. Can't wait for this year's tomato season!!
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Summer Salad This is so light and fresh. Perfect as written. I wouldn't change a thing. I made this with the WS Salmon Cakes and they were brilliant together. The Plum Buckle for dessert was fantastic, as well. This dish is so easy and delicious. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2013-07-02
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