Monday, August 12, 2013

Summer Orzo Salad

This recipe is a version of my cousin's summer noodle salad. It's great as a complete meal along with some crusty bread or as part of a salad bar or summer potluck. Serves 6 - 8 as a side.
  • 1 cup orzo noodles
  • 100 - 150 grams Gypsy salami, about 1 cup cubed (or any other salami)
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped fine
  • 1/2 small red pepper, chopped fine
  • 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 green onions, chopped fine
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped fine
  • 1 tsp better-than bouillon (or 1/2 bouillon cube) dissolved in 2 Tbsp hot water
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
  1. Cook noodles according to pkg directions, drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Mix all salad ingredients
  3. Stir in combined dressing ingredients. Can be mixed and refrigerated several hours before serving.
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  1. The salad sounds fine but I am a little curious about the dressing. Sounds sort of watery . . .and not sure I'd like it. Do you ever use anything else with it?


    1. Hi Jo, it does not end up being watery at all as it get absorbed by the salad ingredients and just gives it a nice fresh flavor. I like it that it's basically a fat-free salad, but you could add some olive or grapeseed oil. My cousin makes it with about a Tbsp of mayonnaise instead of the dissolved bouillon.

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    1. I like chicken, but you can use vegetable or beef if you like.

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  4. Made this tonight, and got a "Mmmmmm!" from my four-year-old as he stuffed another bite in. :) Will be making it again!

  5. The salad itself is very tasty, and the fresh vegetables are amazing with the orzo and salami, but the dressing was pretty bad. it was very salty and strong from the bouillon cube. I would use less then half of the cube. I will defiantly be making the salad again, but with a different dressing.

    1. Thank you for your thoughts on this salad. I have not made it for a long time and, I believe, the saltiness would partly have to do with what kind of bouillon cube used. I find they are not all the same and I actually prefer the "better than bouillon. However, having said that, as noted in another comment, my cousin, who I got the recipe from, uses a Tbsp of mayonnaise and no bouillon seasoning. So that gives you some play.