This orzo pasta salad is loaded with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and chickpeas tossed in a balsamic dijon vinaigrette - serve warm or cold!
May is officially National Vinegar Month and National Salad Month and we are celebrating both here on Mostly Homemade Mom today! Balsamic Vinaigrette is my go-to salad dressing, but I have to admit, I've never really made my own vinaigrette at home. To be honest, I don't believe I've ever made salad dressing before. I seriously LOVE balsamic vinegar, even though I usually cook hot dishes with it. It's just so pungent, tangy, and unique - you can't help but toss it in while you're cooking!
I'll tell you though, after making this one - I think I'll keep my homemade balsamic dijon in the fridge at all times! I like knowing there aren't any crazy chemicals in my dressing, plus I've yet to taste one this good! This Balsamic Dijon Orzo Salad is perfect for parties and BBQ's this summer. It can be served hot or cold (I prefer cold) and feel free to customize the veggies according to your preference. Zucchini, carrots, and bell pepper would all go great in this salad - as well as maybe some feta cheese. My favorite brand is Pompeian Balsamic Vinegar so that's what I used in this amazing salad. I just love #DressingItUp!
Balsamic Dijon Orzo Salad
1 lb orzo pasta
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1 cucumber, diced
15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
Cook orzo according to package directions. Meanwhile in a medium bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard, olive oil, water, oregano, basil, and garlic. Drain orzo and place in a large mixing bowl. Add tomatoes, cucumber, and chickpeas. Toss with vinaigrette. Serve warm, or refrigerate overnight and serve cold.
I seriously LOVE the colors and all the flavors of this pasta salad! For additional recipe ideas, you can visit the Pompeian website. Do you have a favorite salad dressing recipe?
Here are some more of my favorite salad ideas: