Orzo with Veggies

Excellent make-ahead salad and a  great complement to grilled meats

Orzo with Veggies
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Ingredients
  1. 6 oz. (170 g) snow or sugar snap peas, trimmed
  2. 2 cups orzo
  3. 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in quarters and seeded
  4. 1 cup seeded, chopped cucumber
  5. 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  6. 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  7. 2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  8. salt and pepper to taste
  9. Lemon Garlic Dressing
  10. 2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  11. 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  12. 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  13. 1 tsp. minced garlic
  14. 1/2 cup salad oil
  15. salt and pepper
  16. lettuce for garnish
Instructions
  1. To make salad: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add peas and cook 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, remove peas to a strainer, rinse under cold water and drain on a paper towel. Add orzo to same pot and boil until tender but still firm to bite (about 10 minutes). Drain, cool and place in a large bowl. Add peas, tomatoes, cucumber, onions, parsley and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. To Make Dressing: Combine lemon zest, juice, vinegar and garlic in medium bowl. Gradually blend in oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour half the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Cover salad and remaining dressing and chill. Let sit at least 6 hours. Bring to room temperature before serving. To serve, toss salad with remaining dressing to coat generously. Line shallow serving bowl with lettuce and mound salad in center. Serves 6-8
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