Grape & Asparagus Orzo Salad

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Growing up there was nothing that scared me more than a big bowl of macaroni salad sitting on a buffet table.  It was just nasty in my book.  Gloppy with mayonnaise and often with the dreaded tuna thrown in just to make matters worse.  So as a result, I grew up thinking that all pasta salad was something to be avoided at all costs.

Fortunately I have found what I really love in a pasta salad, one filled with fresh vegetables, fruit, cheese and occassionally nuts.  The dressing has to be light and not overly oil or so assertive that it takes away from the main ingredients.  In my mind orzo is the perfect past choice for a fresh pasta salad as it plays well with whatever you choose to add and you don’t feel overwhelmed by pasta.

This is a salad that I came up with a couple of weeks ago and I have enjoyed it so much that I have made it twice since.  It has everything going for it, crispy, crunchy, sweet, salty and if you want a bit of heat, just add some Tabasco to the dressing.  Try this with your next cookout, for your Father’s Day brunch or do like I do and let it be the main course with some nice crusty bread and a glass of crisp white wine.

Enjoy!

 

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    I love this idea. I’ve been struggling on what to do duirng the weak for food. I end up just surrendering to fast food..and I am so sick of it and so sick to just eating salads because they’re quick and easy to make. What do you do for breakfast? I’m always stumped or in a hurry.

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