Orzo Salad with Oranges and Red Wine Vinaigrette

Orzo has become my summer obsession and it has become a bit of a problem. Mostly because I run out of it right when I want to make it again. I have resorted to buying it in bulk so I never am without it. The best part about orzo is that you can add pretty much anything to it. Leftover anything, chopped up, tossed with orzo, trust me it works. I had posted a similar recipe to this with these lamb burgers, but wanted to give you a more precise recipe. Citrus in summer is classic and refreshing. Paired with the tartness of this vinaigrette, some crisp celery, and the zing of red onion it equals a great side to any barbecue. Best part is that you can get great oranges year round, so feel free to punch up your winter with this salad.

Orzo Salad with Oranges and Red Wine Vinaigrette
Forks & Amusement 2011
serves 10-12

4 cups orzo
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
5 oranges, cut rind completely off and cut into segments, reserving any extra juice (squeeze membranes)
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
6 celery stalks, chopped

Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Cook orzo to package instructions, drain and set aside.

In a large bowl, add the Dijon, garlic, red wine vinegar, and honey. Whisk to combine. Slowly stream in the olive oil while whisking and combine all the ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add oranges and juice to the bowl, along with the onion and celery. Toss in the vinaigrette. Add the orzo and toss everything well to coat. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Serve at room temperature.

Make Ahead: Can be made up to 2 days before serving. Toss often and taste to adjust for salt and pepper.


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