Orzo & mozzarella salad

Orzo & mozzarella salad

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 8 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

This Mediterranean-inspired pasta salad makes a fresh and vibrant addition to any picnic, barbecue or buffet

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
742
protein
29g
carbs
71g
fat
40g
saturates
13g
fibre
4g
sugar
5g
salt
1.25g

Ingredients

  • 350g orzo or other tiny pasta shape
  • 20g pack basil
  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 25g parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), finely grated, plus more to serve, if you like
  • 1 garlic clove, very roughly chopped
  • 50g toasted pine nuts
  • 290g pack bocconcini (baby mozzarella balls)
  • 100g semi-dried tomatoes, very roughly chopped
  • 50g bag wild rocket

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Method

  1. Boil the orzo for 8 mins until tender, then drain and cool under cold water. Drain again, then tip into a large bowl. Meanwhile, tear the basil, stalks and all, into a food processor. Add the oil, Parmesan, garlic and half the pine nuts, then whizz to a thick pesto-like dressing.
  2. Stir the dressing through the orzo, then season. The dressing will seem quite thick, but keep stirring and it will eventually coat all the grains. Add the bocconcini, tomatoes and a handful of the rocket. Scatter with the remaining pine nuts and a little more Parmesan, if you like. Top with more rocket, then serve straight away.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2010

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insight's picture

Will try it when we have a braai. Like the idea of using lots of rocket.maybe a bit of chopped chilli.

insight's picture

Will try it when we have a braai. Like the idea of using lots of rocket.maybe a bit of chopped chilli.

owlth5's picture
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Forgot to rate! Will try this warm too.

owlth5's picture
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Fantastic pasta salad (lovin Orzo at the mo) served on boxing day as part of a buffet. Kids loved it. Did it again for NYEve. Stirred in loads of rocket, very tasty & very healthy.

isabellep's picture
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Very rich, but OK if served with something fairly plain like chicken breasts.

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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This salad had good textures. If I make again, I will try feta cheese instead of the mozzarella for more flavour.

7053elizabeth's picture
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Delicious. Made as part of a barbecue for 6 and had plently left over for lunch the next day

rachel@elc-udine.it's picture
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I put in half the amount of mozzarella and omitted the parmesan and it was lovely. Have it with a green side-salad and it's filling enough.

allendeath's picture

Looks lovely but 742 cals is very very high for a salad.

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