This awesome orzo side dish recipe is full of flavor

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IMG_0236This awesome side-dish expertly combines rich and healthy ingredients. It’s bold and full of flavor — a fabulous dish any time of year, and especially during summer cookout season!

Awesome Orzo – Feel Comforted

Ingredients:

  •  1½ cup orzo, ideally whole wheat
  • ½ pint cherry or grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic
  • ¼ cup capers
  • 1 cup lettuce, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • ½ cup fresh basil
  • ½ cup Parmesan
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Instructions:

Cook the orzo according to instructions on the package. After draining out the water, place it in a large bowl and add the tomatoes, olive oil and vinegar. Let the mixture cool.

Add the remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper and add extra oil as needed.  Serve room temperature.

Serves 4-6.