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.
Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil and add the orzo. Cook until just al dente according to package directions. Drain and lightly rinse. Place into a large bowl and set aside.
Grill the asparagus spears, halved roma tomatoes and slice of onion until tender with a few char/grill marks. Remove from heat and chop the asparagus into 1″ pieces, tomatoes into bite size pieces and onion into a small dice.
Add the vegetables into the bowl with the orzo. Whisk together the capers, lemon, dijon, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil to create a dressing, then toss with the vegetables and orzo. Add the herbs and toss again. Season to taste for salt and pepper.
This tastes great warm or cold. The flavors develop overtime, so make ahead if desired and toss with fresh herbs right before serving.
I’ve made this with goat cheese and feta before and it’s delicious! Add in with the warm vegetables to melt the cheese with the pasta or add chunks in to the cooled salad. Either way, it’s yummy.