BLT Orzo Salad

Summer is nearly upon us! That means its time to start using the oven less and stick to the stovetop more. Which means that it's time for one of my summer favorites- pasta salad! This pasta salad is a little different in that it doesn't use "traditional" pasta noodles, but instead uses orzo (which looks deceptively like rice). It's quick to put together, so makes a wonderful lunch or dinner for busy summer days! Here's how to make BLT Orzo Salad!

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This is a great way to use up any orzo you may have left over from my Shrimp Scampi Orzo recipe!

I love the texture of orzo. It's short like rice, but has the feel of a noodle. Add some bacon to that and its no surprise that this recipe is one of my favorites!

This dish can be served warm or cold, either way its delicious! And because its versatile, it makes a great dish to bring to a BBQ, or take on a picnic. On top of that, unlike macaroni salad which includes mayonnaise, this BLT orzo salad is mayo-free, so you don't have to worry about it spoiling in the summer sun!




BLT Orzo Salad

Ingredients

2 cups of orzo
4 slices of turkey bacon (nitrate-free is best)
1 cup of grape tomatoes
1 ½ cup of arugula
3-4 tablespoons of fresh shaved Parmesan cheese or shredded mozzarella cheese (I used Parmesan)
2-3 tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette

Directions

1. Cook the orzo according the package directions.
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2. Fry the turkey bacon, then chop it into pieces.
BLT Orzo Salad- This BLT orzo salad is fast to prepare, and can be served warm or cold! It's great for summer BBQs and picnics! | quick recipe, easy recipe, pasta salad, side dish, main dish, bacon, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, food to bring to a barbecue party

BLT Orzo Salad- This BLT orzo salad is fast to prepare, and can be served warm or cold! It's great for summer BBQs and picnics! | quick recipe, easy recipe, pasta salad, side dish, main dish, bacon, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, food to bring to a barbecue party

3. Rinse and halve/quarter the grape tomatoes. Rinse and roughly chop the arugula.
BLT Orzo Salad- This BLT orzo salad is fast to prepare, and can be served warm or cold! It's great for summer BBQs and picnics! | quick recipe, easy recipe, pasta salad, side dish, main dish, bacon, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, food to bring to a barbecue party

4. In a large bowl, add in the orzo, bacon, tomatoes and arugula. Gently fold them all together. Add the balsamic vinaigrette.
5. Scoop the BLT orzo salad into bowls to serve and garnish with cheese. Add in additional balsamic vinaigrette, if desired.
    Then enjoy!

    Do you eat a lot of pasta salads during the summer?


    BLT Orzo Salad- This BLT orzo salad is fast to prepare, and can be served warm or cold! It's great for summer BBQs and picnics! | quick recipe, easy recipe, pasta salad, side dish, main dish, bacon, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, food to bring to a barbecue party

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