As much as I enjoy desserts, I shouldn’t eat them everyday. Because of this, I’m sharing a savory dish. I’m a full time working mom and I normally pack my lunch, because I don’t get a “lunch break” and it’s much cheaper than ordering out. I have been trying to incorporate more fresh and balanced meals into my life. This salad fits the bill- pasta, veggies and beans. It should keep me content and satisfied through the long afternoons.
This salad would be great served at a cookout or even placed into mason jars for a fun picnic outing.
Feel free to use whatever veggies you have on hand- this recipe is versatile, which is great for the busy home cook.
Recipe: Orzo bean salad (adapted from “The Forest Feast”).
- 1.5 cups dry orzo (cook accords to package instructions). Make sure you drain and rinse under cold water to stop the pasta from continuing to cook.
- Diced red onion (1/2 of a small onion)
- 1 can beans (cannellini or black-drain and rinse)
- 1 red pepper diced
- 1 cup corn
- Cilantro or parsley to taste
- For dressing: 3 tbsp olive oil, juice from a lime, 1 tsp chili powder and salt to taste. I like to use Himalayan salt.
1. Mix cooked orzo with onion, beans, bell pepper and corn in a large bowl.
2. Whisk dressing ingredients together and pour over pasta salad.
3. Add fresh herbs and mix. Serve immediately
I plan on taking this to work throughout the week and suggest adding a little more olive oil to keep the salad from sticking. What are some of your favorite lunch time meals?
Thanks for reading! xo