ZUCCHINI & ORZO SALAD WITH CHIMICHURRI

ZUCCHINI & ORZO SALAD WITH CHIMICHURRI

Serves 7-8

 

Chimichurri

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup red wine vinegar

1 cup Italian (flat leaf) parsley, packed

½ cup cilantro, packed

3 cloves garlic

1 tsp dried oregano

½ tsp cumin

¼ tsp red pepper flakes

½ tsp salt

Salad

1 cup uncooked orzo

1 medium zucchini

Pinch of salt and pepper

1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes

 

Prepare the chimichurri by washing the parsley and cilantro leaves well, then shaking off as much water as possible. Pull the leaves from the stems and add them to a food processor, along with the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, cumin, red pepper, and salt. Pulse the mixture until smooth. (Or finely mince the parsley, cilantro, and garlic with a knife and stir together with the remaining ingredients.)

Cook the orzo according to the package directions, drain in a colander, and then let cool.

Slice the zucchini into ¼ inch thick rounds. The zucchini can be added to the salad raw, grilled, or roasted in the oven first. If grilled or roasted, let the zucchini cool slightly.

While the zucchini and pasta are cooling, slice the grape tomatoes in half. Once the zucchini and orzo are no longer steaming hot, combine them in a bowl with the tomatoes. Pour about half of the chimichurri over top, and then toss until everything is coated. Add more chimichurri to your liking. Taste and add salt or pepper to the salad if needed.

 

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