Orzo Salad with Fava Beans, Artichoke Hearts and Tomatoes

Orzo Salad with Fava Bean, Artichoke Hearts and Tomatoes

Everybody needs an easy pasta salad in their recipe repertoire. A salad that can be thrown together at the last minute using pantry staples that you have on hand.

Melissa’s Produce has a line of steamed, ready to eat vegetables, which can be stored in your refrigerator for weeks before use. You can grab a package at the last minute to make a side dish, add to a main dish or create a new dish!

I had some peeled and steamed fava beans and artichoke hearts in my fridge, and a pint of tomatoes that were getting close to being added to my garden composter. Those ingredients were perfect for a light and healthy vegetarian pasta salad.

Orzo Salad with Fava Bean, Artichoke Hearts and Tomatoes

Orzo Salad with Fava Beans, Artichoke Hearts and Tomatoes
 
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Serves: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces orzo pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup champagne vinegar
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon dried or 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1½ teaspoons fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Aleppo pepper or red pepper flakes
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 package (6.4 oz) steamed artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1 package (8.8 oz) peeled and steamed fava beans
Instructions
  1. Place the cooked orzo in a large bowl.
  2. In a smaller bowl whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, tarragon, salt and Aleppo pepper.
  3. Pour the dressing over the pasta, mix well and let it sit for half and hour to let the flavors meld.
  4. Add the tomatoes, artichokes and fava beans.
  5. Mix the vegetables into the pasta, adjust seasoning if needed.
  6. Serve at room temperature for the best flavor.

 

Optional add-ins are feta cheese, olives, arugula or chopped kale.

 

Orzo Salad with Fava Bean, Artichoke Hearts and Tomatoes

 

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