Sesame Orzo Salad Recipe

| May 7, 2010 | 7 Comments

Sesame Orzo Salad Recipe

Yesterday was the first time in months that I haven’t posted on my usually Monday through Friday schedule. Sure, I could have posted a Wordless Wednesday photo or pointed out a recent article. But my words and ideas just wouldn’t come. I was spent, and needed a day off. I hope you understand.

Now, let’s get to the food, shall we?

Last week when I was doing our meal plan, I decided it was high time to try cooking orzo. My kids love pasta, and I love trying new things. So yes, orzo is a pasta — a tiny rice-shaped pasta that cooks up in about eight minutes. Easy peasy. This week, we have eaten it like pasta (which was just ok) and also in this fab salad.

I love the way the crunchy sugar snap peas and sweet carrots taste when combined with the sesame flavor. Serve it chilled … it’s best that way.

What new food have you tried making lately?

Sesame Orzo Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: serves 4

Ingredients

1 cup orzo, prepared
3 carrots, shredded
1/2 cup sugar snap peas, sliced thin
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the orzo, carrots, and sugar snap peas. Set aside.
  2. In a smaller bowl, combine the vegetable oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and ground ginger. Whisk until well mixed.
  3. Pour the dressing over the orzo mixture and stir. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and stir again.
  4. Chill the salad for at least 30 minutes before serving.
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Sarah Walker Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. This recipe looks really fresh and delicious! I love a nice asian inspired salad.

  2. Anne says:

    Fantastic recipe. I Feel sounds delicious. Thanks for posting it. This is nice salad recipe.
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..Dum Aloo Recipe =-.

  3. Amy says:

    So… to expand this recipe to serve 12 people, it’s 1 1/2 lbs of orzo, nine carrots, 1/3 c vinegar and veg oil each, right?

  4. Sarah Caron says:

    Hi Amy, I tried to email this to you but the email bounced :)

    Sesame Orzo Salad for 12
    serves 12

    3 cup orzo, prepared (1 1/2 lbs dry)
    9 carrots, shredded
    3/4 cup sugar snap peas, sliced thin
    1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp vegetable oil
    1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
    2 tbsp soy sauce
    1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
    3 clove garlic, minced
    1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
    3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

    In a large bowl, stir together the orzo, carrots, and sugar snap peas. Set aside.

    In a smaller bowl, combine the vegetable oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and ground ginger. Whisk until well mixed.

    Pour the dressing over the orzo mixture and stir. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and stir again.

    Chill the salad for at least 30 minutes before serving.

  5. Rachelle says:

    How did you slice the peas so thinly?

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