Easy Summer Dinner

After coming in from a long hot day of playing at the splash park, lake or pool, the last thing I want to do is make dinner in a hot kitchen. This easy summer salad is refreshing and really easy to make ahead as well as a good use of your garden tomatoes.
It also gets thumbs up from my two biggest critics, which is why it makes such an easy go to dinner. Pair it with some grilled chicken and top it off with a bike ride for some ice cream.
Tomato Orzo Salad
Ingredients:

4 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups orzo
1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups red and yellow teardrop tomatoes or grape tomatoes, halved
3/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
About 3/4 cup Red Wine Vinaigrette, recipe follows
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Feta Cheese to top for taste

Red Wine Vinaigrette
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:

  1. Pour the broth into a heavy large saucepan. Cover the pan and bring the broth to a boil over high heat.
  2. Stir in the orzo. Cover partially and cook until the orzo is tender but still firm to the bite, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes.
  3. Drain the orzo through a strainer. Transfer the orzo to a large wide bowl and toss until the orzo cools slightly. Set aside to cool completely.
  4. Toss the orzo with the beans, tomatoes, onion, basil, mint, and enough vinaigrette to coat. Season the salad, to taste, with salt and pepper, and top with feta cheese. Store in the fridge.
–Kim Fletcher, Parenting Program Volunteer

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