Something about my birthday week last week just left me craving more veggies and home cooking. Was it the amazing dinner at Acorn that ended in free desserts (yes, multiple)? The ice cream pit stops with multiple friends? The birthday drink from Starbucks (okay fine add whip)?
Either way, I went overboard at the farmers’ market on Saturday morning and am now struggling to devour all the produce we bought. I have eaten this Summer Vegetable Orzo Salad with a Lemon Garlic Dressing for lunch 3 days in a row because it’s that good, and chock full of summer’s fresh bounty. Green beans, red peppers, sweet corn, and chives are tossed with orzo and a deliciously tangy lemon garlic dressing. Let’s get to it.
- ½ lb orzo pasta
- ½ lb green beans
- 2 red peppers
- 2 ears sweet corn
- ⅛ cup chives
- Optional: hard boil eggs
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 1 lemon
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Cook pasta per package instructions.
- Steam or boil the ears of corn and the green beans for 5-8 minutes, until tender.
- Dice the red pepper, green beans, and strip the corn off the ear. Chop chives. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Juice the lemon and grate the garlic clove for the dressing. Combine the ingredients for the dressing and whisk until combined. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and toss until combined.
- If desired as a lunch or easy dinner, top each salad with a sliced hard boiled egg.
I’ve made this lunch by adding a hard boiled egg into the mix – but feel free to take this to the next level with chopped chicken, avocado, cucumber, arugula on the bottom, sauteed zucchini, or even a storebought Italian dressing for a shortcut. I promise you’ll love the combination of mini pasta, crunchy and sweet veggies, and zesty flavor.
Have you been frequenting your farmers’ market? I still have more corn, more green beans, and a ton of farm fresh lettuce to devour- along with a full harvest from a basil plant I got on sale at Whole Foods. A coworker brought in some tiny plums from her backyard too!
I’ll take any ideas. I swear, I’m not complaining!