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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
41 In food/ Recipes

Summer stone fruit and burrata salad

summer stone fruit and burrata salad - arugula, peaches, cherries and burrata drizzled with balsamic glaze

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This summer stone fruit and burrata salad makes a delicious and refreshing summer appetizer, light lunch or side with dinner.

Summer is salad season am I right?! I mean, I eat salad all year round but in the summer time, I crave salads especially on those nights when it’s too hot to cook.  I combined my two loves of burrata cheese and ripe, sweet stone fruit for this salad that just bursts with flavor! If you were around last summer, you may remember my summer burrata board.

This summer stone fruit and burrata salad will literally transform you to vacationing in the Mediterranean. (Have you heard the term Tomato Girl? This is what they eat in their Tomato Girl Summer). Peppery and nutty arugula is topped with sweet peaches and cherries, silky burrata and rounded out with a beautiful balsamic glaze. Nectarines or plums work great in this salad too!  Eat as is or add some sliced proscuitto for a light lunch or serve with some grilled chicken or fish for a complete meal.

Summer stone fruit and burrata salad - burrata, sliced cherries, sliced peaches and arugula drizzled with balsamic glaze

Summer Stone Fruit and Burrata Salad

Ingredients:

  • Arugula
  • Peaches (I used 4)
  • 1-2 cups cherries
  • 1 container of burrata, drained.
  • Olive oil (about 4 Tbsp)
  • Salt/pepper
  • Garlic salt
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Balsamic glaze

sliced peaches and cherries on a cutting board, with a plate of arugula and bowl of burrata.

Directions:

1.) Start by slicing the fruit, removing the pits and stems.

2.) In a bowl or on a platter, add a bed of arugula.

3.) Add the sliced fruits on top.

4.) Carefully cut the burrata into chunks and add on top of the salad.

5.) In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and garlic salt.

6.) Drizzle the olive oil mixture on top.

7.) Top off with a light drizzle of balsamic glaze.

Enjoy!!!

Summer stone fruit and burrata salad - burrata, sliced cherries, sliced peaches and arugula drizzled with balsamic glaze

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Summer stone fruit and burrata salad - arugula, sliced peaches, cherries and burrata with a balsamic glaze

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summer stone fruit and burrata salad - arugula, peaches, cherries and burrata drizzled with balsamic glaze

Summer Stone Fruit and Burrata Salad

Summer stone fruit like peaches and cherries are served over arugula with silky burrata and a balsamic glaze. This summer stone fruit and burrata salad is the perfect appetizer, light lunch or salad for dinner in the warm summer months.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • Arugula
  • 4 Peaches
  • 1-2 cups Cherries
  • 1 container Burrata drained
  • 4 Tbsp Olive oil
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • garlic salt to taste
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • Balsamic glaze to taste

Instructions
 

  • Start by slicing the fruit, removing the pits and stems.
  • In a bowl or on a platter, add a bed of arugula.
  • Add the sliced fruits on top.
  • Carefully cut the burrata into chunks and add on top of the salad.
  • In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and garlic salt.
  • Drizzle the olive oil mixture on top.
  • Top off with a light drizzle of balsamic glaze.
  • Serve immediately
Keyword healthy, peaches, salad, summer dish

 

8 In food/ Recipes

Roasted potato salad with arugula

Roasted potato salad with arugula and lemon dijon vinegarette

This salad is perfect for brunch or a light dinner. Crispy roasted potatoes and caramelized asparagus over a bed of arugula with a bright, fresh lemon dijon dressing. I made this roasted potato salad with arugula for our Book Club Brunch that I helped co-host this month. It serves perfectly with quiche or an egg bake and the potatoes make it a little more hearty. I’m sharing my recipe below.

And for the whole book club brunch menu, scroll towards the end of this post.

Roasted potato salad with arugula

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of arugula
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • about 1 dozen baby potatoes, halved
  • olive oil
  • salt/pepper (to taste)
  • 1 log goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • lemon zest (optional)

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

2.) Start by lining a roasting pan or baking sheet with foil. Add the asparagus and baby potatoes to the baking sheet. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper until evenly coated.

3.) Bake in oven until roasted.

4.) While the vegetables are roasting, prepare the greens. In a large salad bowl, add the arugula, drizzle with some olive oil, salt and pepper then toss.

5.) Once the potatoes and asparagus are roasted, add on top of the greens.

6.) Sprinkle with goat cheese.

7.) In a small bowl, combine the dijon, honey, lemon juice and olive oil. Whisk together.

8.) Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.

9.) Optional – top with some freshly grated lemon zest.

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14 In food/ Recipes

Easy winter salad recipe

Winter salad

This is the best easy winter salad recipe. I am known in the family for making the best salads and it’s a title I take seriously. This one is perfect for Christmas or New Years too. Roasted brussel sprouts add a nice flavor, topped with pomegranate arils that look like little jewels and the cinnamon candied nuts for the perfect sweet crunch! It’s great paired with pork, turkey or a beef.  I’m sharing my recipe below.

Easy Winter Salad Recipe

Easy Winter Salad

Ingredients:

For the salad

  • 2 cups brussels sprouts, sliced
  • olive oil
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • dash of cinnamon
  • For the greens I like to use frisee, kale, spring mix, or a half and half blend of spinach and arugula
  • 2 pears, sliced
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 log goat cheese crumbled

For the dressing

  • 1/2  cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp  honey
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • dash of salt to taste

Directions:

1.) Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

2.) On a sheet pan lined with foil, divide the pan in half. On one side toss the brussel sprouts with olive oil, salt and pepper. On the other side add the nuts, maple syrup, and cinnamon, coating evenly. Sprinkle the nuts with salt. Bake in the oven until roasted about 15-29 minutes. Be sure to stir the nuts periodically.

3.) While the brussel sprouts and nuts are roasting, in a large salad bowl, add the greens, sliced pears, pomegranate arils goat cheese.

4.) Once the brussel sprouts and nuts are roasted, remove from the oven and add into the salad. Toss evenly.

5.) When ready to serve, prepare the dressing. Add all of the dressing ingredients into a mason jar, top and shake. Then lightly pour over the salad.

Enjoy!!!

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As always I love to see what you create! So if you make this, tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest!

 

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