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It’s almost asparagus season! Which, is a reason to celebrate in my opinion. Spring produce makes me so incredibly happy, especially now that I live in the Midwest.
Spring means asparagus, it means artichokes, it means that I can almost start planting my summer garden. And, most importantly, it means that I can swap in my flip-flops for snow boots because you can take the girl outta California but you cannot take California outta the girl. If temperatures rise about 45 degrees, you can bet that I’ve got my flops on.
You can also bet that I’m firing up the grill, getting ready for a season filled with tofu kebobs, grilled vegetable platters and vegetable burgers galore. Sigh. I was made for warm weather.
This grilled vegetable salad is delicious, perfect for any upcoming potlucks or BBQs. I started with grilling the asparagus, then thought about adding in some charred tomatoes. Then, I wanted to add just a bit of smoky grilled onion. And then I couldn’t get the idea of lemon and capers out of my mind.
Well, sometimes I even surprise myself. The marriage of these ingredients just plays so well together. Tender orzo, soft grilled vegetables, briny capers, bright lemons and lots of parsley and mint.
Wow, I loved this one warm, at room temperature and cold. I know I’ll be enjoying this one over and over again for the upcoming months.
It’s pretty straight forward, so I don’t think you need any additional culinary tips from me. For convenience, I use my grill pan on my stove. Sure, it doesn’t quite give the vegetables the same infused flavor that a charcoal grill provides, but it makes this dish come together in less than 30 minutes which works for me. Enjoy!
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!
The perfect spring salad! Grilled Vegetable Orzo Pasta Salad! A great lunch, dinner on it’s own or a side dish. Grilled asparagus, grilled onion and tomato and a lemon mint dressing. Vegan or Vegetarian.
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I make this recipe once every 2 weeks. It is fantastic. Absolutely perfect the way it is. I dont make any substitutions, in fact, last time I made this I doubled the whole thing. Great job!