I L.O.V.E. the flavor combination of tomato, basil, and mozzarella. It tastes so light and fresh, but is always packed with flavor! Now that I have fresh basil and tomatoes from the garden, this is EVEN better! One night I was trying to come up with a side dish that we don’t have all of the time. I just wanted something different so I searched through the pantry and spotted my orzo pasta. Orzo pasta is a small pasta shape that looks a lot like rice. (I haven’t found this shape in wheat pasta yet, but when I do . . . I will FOR SURE be buying it.) That’s how the creation of this pasta salad started.
I added chopped tomatoes, chopped basil, a little mozzarella, and splashed it all with some balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil. It was SO yummy! I suppose it’s technically NOT a caprese salad, but it sure tasted a lot like caprese! So, that’s what I decided to call this. If you’re looking for a simple and flavorful side dish. Give this a whirl. (I wrote the recipe to serve 2 since that’s the number I usually cook for, but this can VERY easily be doubled or tripled.)
Caprese Orzo Salad
2 ounces orzo pasta (just shy of 1/3 cup, dry)
1 tomato, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
2 tablespoons shredded part-skim Mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water, and transfer to a small bowl. Add remaining ingredients. Toss to coat.
Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
Calories: 157.5 (100 come from the pasta)
Fat: 4.3g (1.2g = Sat.)