For some weird reason kids in our family love Orzo pasta. My daughters and both my nephews can’t seem to get enough of it. I mean it’s just another type of pasta really. But for some strange reason, they all dig in like crazy wild animals if we put a bowl of hot orzo drenched in butter and fresh parmesan cheese.
Bottom line, I always have plenty of orzo pasta on hand. Trying to get away from butter and cheese, I thought it would be lovely to make a nice and healthy tuna salad with our orzo. It is a summery, fresh and healthy lunch for Mr Man and I working from home on a lovely June day.
For the salad:
1 pound Orzo pasta cooked according to package’s directions, cooled
1 15-ounce can artichoke hearts roughly chopped (I like large chunks I can see and taste)
2 5-ounce cans tuna in water, drained and flaked
1 12-ounce can tuna in oil, drained and flaked
1 bell pepper, diced (or 6 mini sweet peppers, diced see pics below)
2 tablespoons capers
5 green onions, chopped
For the dressing:
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Spinach, for serving
Arugula, for serving
Olive Oil, for serving
In a large (and I mean pretty large) bowl combine all salad ingredients. Toss to combine. Set aside.
In a small bowl combine your lemon zest, juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Using a whisk mix everything well. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Pour dressing over your salad. Gently toss to combine.
Serve over a bed of spinach (for Mr Man) or arugula (for moi), add some fresh ground pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
Inspired by Ina Garten: Couscous Tuna Salad
On a funny (to me) note: Have you ever watched Ina Garten on the Food Network? Or read any of her recipes? If so you may have noticed that she always says: “use a good/quality olive oil or pasta or whatever…” I always want to scream at the T.V. and says: “well, actually Ina I was going to use sub-par ingredients for this recipe, or just poor quality stuff all around”…. what the heck? I mean I love Ina, she is a great cook/chef but the whole thing about telling us to use quality ingredients is (and you might have guessed this) another pet peeve of mine!
Printer Friendly: Orzo Tuna Salad
Peace and Sub-par? NEVER!