ORZO PASTA SALAD is one of the tastiest and easiest summer sides! I love the color and fresh veggies mixed together with the little grains of orzo pasta! It’s always a hit!
My son’s school has a big potluck dinner at a park to celebrate the end of school. He went to a really amazing co-op school, so all the families got to know each other really well and became friends. The kids were really close as well, so having a party at a park is great! The parents relax and hang out while the kids run around and play and use all the extra energy from the excitement of the day. It gets dark really late here in Oregon in the summer so before we knew it, we were packing up at 8 o’clock! This year I wanted to bring something that would feed a crowd but would do well at room temperature, so pasta salad was the natural choice. I used Quick and Easy Italian Dressing in the salad as well as hard salami in the Orzo Pasta Salad so it could handle being at room temperature.
I basically went into the produce section of the grocery store and bought a rainbow. I love all the colors from the fresh vegetables! The broccoli is fantastic in this and the cherry tomatoes and bell peppers add a bit of sweetness. The shallot is great because it’s more mild than an onion and adds a bit of garlic flavor as well. Then the salami and feta cheese add a bit of a salty flavor to the whole thing! My husband says that the salami makes the dish! This has got to be at your next summer BBQ for sure! You can easily make it the day before and you’re all set!
- 1 lb. orzo pasta, cooked according to package directions
- 7 oz. hard salami, chopped
- 1 head of broccoli, chopped into bite-sized pieces
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup feta cheese crumbles
- 1 shallot, diced
- Quick and Easy Italian dressing
- in a large bowl toss all ingredients
- refrigerate until ready to serve