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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Chilled Summer Squash and Tomato Orzo Salad | Family Economics

By Erin

squash and tomato orzo saladThere’s just something about a chilled orzo salad during the summertime—it just makes my tongue, my tummy and my heart happy! Orzo is the perfect size, texture and does beautifully in a salad with lightly sautéed vegetables and fresh herbs from the garden.  

This pasta salad is perfect for the first picking of cherry, grape or other smaller varieties of tomatoes. And, in the summer months, zucchini and squash can be purchased for as little as 50 cents per pound at farmer’s markets and even the grocery store.

Pick up some orzo at the store and some squash and tomatoes from the garden or farmer’s market and enjoy this pasta salad for lunch or dinner next week!


1 ½ cups orzo pasta
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 medium zucchini, about ½ pound, diced
1 medium yellow squash, about ½ pound, diced
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh basil to garnish


1.    Cook the orzo according to the package directions. Drain.

2.    In a medium skillet, add the olive oil and red wine vinegar and sauté the diced zucchini, diced yellow squash and halved tomatoes for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3.    Toss the cooked vegetables with the orzo.

4.    Chill at least two hours in the refrigerator before serving.

5.    Serve summer squash and tomato orzo Salad for a light lunch, or for dinner with a side of grilled chicken or fresh fruit.

Do you have a favorite chilled pasta salad that you enjoy every summer?!

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On Tuesday, August 2, 2011, Beth from Indiana wrote

I bet this would be good with some feta sprinkled in it!

On Tuesday, August 2, 2011, Debbie - Cape Cod wrote

what a great idea! I was looking for something to do with my squash and I think I am going to try this out . Going to use barley because thats what I have -

On Thursday, July 28, 2011, Katrina from Vermont wrote

This looks delicious! Great idea to put grilled veggies in a pasta salad. I forget about orzo for a pasta salad, but I like it because it makes it easier to get more veggies in there and actually eat less pasta per serving.


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