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Spring orzo salad

Spring orzo pasta salad - bowl with orzo, asparagus, peas, cucumbers, arugula and chopped feta topped with a crispy shallot vinegarette

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As the weather starts to warm up, I get so excited for salad season! Pasta salads, fresh vegetable and fruit salads with all the seasonal produce! That’s why I’ve decided to start a new weekly segment called “The Wednesday Salad” where each week I am going to bring you a new salad recipe to add to your menu. (Make sure you sign up below so you get every recipe right to your inbox!)

This spring orzo salad is a great addition to grilled chicken, steak or fish or just eat it as is for a light lunch.

And the dressing… omg! I can’t take credit for the dressing. I saw someone on Tik Tok make this crispy shallot vinaigrette and I’ve been putting it on all my salads ever since! So I decided to put it over some orzo, fresh asparagus, peas, arugula and cucumber for this spring orzo salad. You will love it!!

Spring orzo salad in a glass bowl on a table

Spring orzo salad

Ingredients

  • 1 box of orzo
  • 2 handfuls of fresh arugula
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup of frozen peas, defrosted
  • 2 bunches of asparagus, roasted
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

For the dressing:

  • 1 shallot diced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Squeeze of some fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • salt/pepper

Directions:

1.) Start by making the dressing. Heat up some olive oil in a pan and add the diced shallots. Cook the shallots until they are a nice golden brown color.

2.) Pour the oil and the shallots from the pan into a glass jar or bowl. Add the other dressing ingredients, and mix well. I like to use my little handheld coffee frother to whisk it all up.

3.) Set aside the dressing in the refrigerator and bring a large pot of water to a boil.

4.) Once boiling, add the package or orzo and cook until al dente.

5.) Strain the water from the orzo.

6.) In a large bowl, add the orzo, arugula, cucumbers, asparagus, and peas.

7.) Add some crumbled feta and top with dressing.

8.) Mix together and serve.

 

This salad keeps well for a few days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I like to serve cold.

Spring orzo salad topped with crumbled feta cheese and a crispy shallot vinaigrette. Bowl filled with green vegetables - arugula, peas, cucumbers and asparagus

Spring orzo pasta salad - glass bowl with orzo, asparagus, cucumbers, arugula, peas and topped with feta cheese and a crispy shallot vinaigrette.

Enjoy!!!

 

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Spring orzo Salad recipe from Our Tiny Nest

 

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Spring orzo salad in a glass bowl on a table

Spring orzo salad

This spring orzo salad is a light side dish that pairs great with grilled chicken, steak or fish. Or just eat on it's own for lunch. Orzo is topped with roasted asparagus, peas, arugula and diced cucumber then topped with feta cheese and a crispy shallot vinaigrette.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Servings 5 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box orzo
  • 2 handfuls fresh arugula
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas defrosted
  • 2 bunches asparagus roasted
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbled

For the dressing

  • 1 shallot diced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • squeeze fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • salt/pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Start by making the dressing. Heat up some olive oil in a pan and add the diced shallots. Cook the shallots until they are a nice golden brown color.
  • Pour the oil and the shallots from the pan into a glass jar or bowl. Add the other dressing ingredients, and mix well. I like to use my little handheld coffee frother to whisk it all up.
  • Set aside the dressing in the refrigerator and bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Once boiling, add the package or orzo and cook until al dente.
  • Strain the water from the orzo.
  • In a large bowl, add the orzo, arugula, cucumbers, asparagus, and peas.
  • Add some crumbled feta and top with dressing.
  • Mix together and serve.
Keyword pasta, salad, spring recipes
16 In food/ holidays/ Recipes

How to make a chocolate Easter bunny espresso martini

How to make a chocolate bunny espresso martini. Chocolate bunny with ears cut off filled with espresso martini and a straw topped with whipped cream and cadbury eggs

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These chocolate Easter bunny espresso martinis are a fun treat for the adults because who said it should all be for the kids?

If you love espresso martinis then you have to see how to make a chocolate Easter bunny espresso martini! This is the perfect cocktail for the adults on Easter. A hollow chocolate bunny is filled with espresso martini and served with a straw, whipped cream and mini Cadbury eggs! Scroll down for my recipe.

How to make a chocolate Easter bunny espresso martini

Ingredients:

How to make a chocolate Easter bunny espresso martini ingredients - vodka, iced coffee, coffee flavored vodka, chocolate bunny

Directions:

1.) Start by unwrapping your chocolate bunny and cut off the tops of the ears. You could also do this with a hollowed chocolate Easter egg too!

chocolate hollow Easter bunny for espresso martinis - cut the ears off and fill with espresso martini mix

2.) Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

3.) Into the cocktail shaker, add vodkas, iced coffee/espresso, syrup, and creamer if desired.

(This is the syrup I use for all my espresso martinis, it is amazing!!! )

how to make a chocolate Easter bunny espresso martini with Stonewall Kitchen sea salt espresso martini mix

4.) Shake well.

5.) Pour the espresso martini mix into the chocolate bunny.

6.) Optional – top with whipped cream and Cadbury eggs and serve with a straw.

 

Enjoy!

 

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The best chocolate Easter bunny espresso martini - hollow bunny with ears cut off filled with espresso martini, topped with whipped cream, cadbury eggs and a straw

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How to make a chocolate bunny espresso martini. Chocolate bunny with ears cut off filled with espresso martini and a straw topped with whipped cream and cadbury eggs

How to make a chocolate Easter bunny espresso martini

Serve some yummy espresso martinis in a hollow chocolate Easter bunny for a fun treat for the adults. Top with whipped cream and some mini cadbury eggs.
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert, Drinks
Servings 1 drink

Ingredients
  

  • 1 hollow chocolate Easter bunny
  • ice
  • 1 shot vodka
  • 1 shot coffee flavored vodka
  • 1/2 cup iced espresso or coffee
  • 1 shot simple syrup
  • half & half optional to taste
  • whipped cream optional
  • mini cadbury eggs optional

Instructions
 

  • Start by unwrapping your chocolate bunny and cut off the tops of the ears. You could also do this with a hollowed chocolate Easter egg too!
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Into the cocktail shaker, add vodkas, iced coffee/espresso, syrup, and creamer if desired.
  • Shake well.
  • Pour the espresso martini mix into the chocolate bunny.
  • Optional – top with whipped cream and Cadbury eggs and serve with a straw.
Keyword brunch,, cocktails, easter, espresso martini

 

8 In food/ Recipes

Mav’s Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Mav's cherry chocolate chip muffins - pink cherry muffins with chocolate chips on a heart plate and baking sheet

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These cherry chocolate chip muffins are delicious, sweet and the perfect amount of pink for Valentine’s Day or a cute brunch.

It seems like cherries are having a moment right now aren’t they? I love anything cherry flavored and so do my boys. Since February is the month of sweets, I wanted to make a little pink treat to make them feel special.  I decided to add some chopped maraschino cherries to a basic muffin recipe to make a sweet pink muffin. Maverick, my youngest, saw me in the kitchen and he came right over to help as always. He had the idea to of course add chocolate chips so that’s why we call these Mav’s Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Here’s my little cute helper and future chef himself.

Mav's cherry chocolate chip muffins - boy sitting on counter next to Kitchen Aid helping bake

The combination of cherry and chocolate is just decadent. These cherry chocolate chip muffins are great in the morning or as a little afternoon pick me up with a cup of coffee.  Serve for Valentine’s day to show your loved ones how much you care or at a fun brunch or tea party.

Get the recipe below.

Mav’s Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 jar (10z) of maraschino cherries, drained, stems removed and chopped.
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

 

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

2.) Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners or spray with baking spray.

3.) In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

4.) In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, vegetable oil and almond extract.

5.) Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix together.

6.) Fold in the cherries and chocolate chips.

7.) Fill muffin cups with batter about 3/4 cup full.

8.) Bake for about 15-17 minutes (I like to put a toothpick in the center and if comes out clean then they are done) then remove and let cool.

Mav's cherry chocolate chip muffins - pink muffins with chocolate chips on a heart plate

Enjoy!!!!

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Mav's cherry chocolate chip muffins - pink cherry muffins with chocolate chips on a heart plate and baking sheet

Mav's cherry chocolate chip muffins

These cherry chocolate chip muffins are a sweet treat and the perfect amount of pink for Valentine's Day or a cute brunch.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 10 oz jar maraschino cherries drained, stems removed and chopped
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners or spray with baking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, vegetable oil and almond extract.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix together.
  • Fold in the cherries and chocolate chips.
  • Fill muffin cups with batter about 3/4 cup full.
  • Bake for about 15-17 minutes (I like to put a toothpick in the center and if comes out clean then they are done) then remove and let cool.
Keyword baked goods, cherry, chocolate, muffin

 

10 In drinks/ food/ Recipes

Crock pot red velvet hot chocolate

Mug with red velvet hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and heart marshmallow crock pot red velvet hot chocolate

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This red velvet hot chocolate is so rich and creamy and can be made in the crock pot in 1 hour. It’s perfect for Christmas, Valentine’s Day or just to spend a cozy day in.

Are you a lover of red velvet? It is one of my most favorite things.  Every afternoon like clock work around 1-2pm I get a sweet craving. The other day I whipped up this crock pot red velvet hot chocolate and it hit the spot! Topped with whipped cream and marshmallows, it is the ultimate sweet treat for yourself or your loved ones.

Scroll down for my recipe.

And for more red velvet treats, check out my red velvet latte, or my red velvet waffles.

Red velvet hot chocolate served in a glass mug on table with heart marshmallows and pink flowers

Crock pot red velvet hot chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 4oz bar of semi sweet baking chocolate, roughly chopped.
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Red food coloring (until you get your desired color)
  • Optional – whipped cream, marshmallows and sprinkles for topping

Directions:

1.) Add the milks, cream, baking chocolate and vanilla extract to a crock pot and whisk together.

2.) Cook on high for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

3.) Add the red food coloring and mix in until you get your desired color.

4.) Place on keep warm to serve.

5.) Top with whipped cream, marshmallows, and sprinkles.

Enjoy!

Crock pot red velvet hot chocolate in glass mug topped with whipped cream and marshmallows

I love to see what you create! So if you make this, be sure to take a photo and tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest.

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Easy crock pot red velvet hot chocolate

Red velvet hot chocolate served in a glass mug on table with heart marshmallows and pink flowers

Crock pot red velvet hot chocolate

This red velvet hot chocolate is so rich and can be made in the crock pot in 1 hour. It's the perfect sweet treat for Valentine's Day or a cozy day in for yourself or your loved ones. Top with marshmallows and whipped cream.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Dessert, Drinks

Ingredients
  

  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 oz bar of semi sweet baking chocolate roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • red food coloring
  • whipped cream optional
  • marshmallows optional

Instructions
 

  • Add the milks, cream, baking chocolate and vanilla extract to a crock pot and whisk together.
  • Cook on high for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the red food coloring and mix in until you get your desired color.
  • Place on keep warm to serve.
  • Top with whipped cream, marshmallows, and sprinkles.
Keyword chocolate, crock pot, holiday recipes, sweets