Orzo Salad with Balsamic Vinegar Syrup
This Salad is currently among Kathy and my favorite summer salads.It is particularly good with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil from the garden.
- 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tbs honey
- 1 Tbs Dijon mustard
- 1/2 box orzo pasta, regular or whole wheat
- 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
- 6 oz fresh mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup fresh basal leaves (packed)
- 1/4 olive oil
- salt and pepper
Combine the vinegar, honey, and mustard in a small pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to med/low and cook for 10 minutes, let cool completely before using.
Cook the orzo according the the instructions on the box. Rinse and cool with cold water. Half the cherry tomatoes and add to the orzo. Cube the fresh Mozzarella and add tot he bowl as well. cut the basal into strips and add to the bowl. Toss everything with the olive oil. Drizzle with the Balsamic Syrup prior to serving.