ISO (vegetarian) pasta or rice salad recipe
I am looking for a great vegetarian pasta or rice salad to bring to a bbq. Any favorites?
I recently had a really good orzo salad, greek style with crumbled feta cheese, black olives, chopped red onion, cucumber, tomato, artichoke hearts, parsley, oregano, lemon juice, and lemon pepper seasoning.
The person who made it said she made two cups of orzo and it looked like it would be enough for maybe 10 people. It was a big hit with everyone.
I love this Crunchy Brown Rice Salad from Epicurious. I don't add the arugula as it keeps for a couple days in the fridge and wouldn't otherwise. Substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock.
Another fantastic pasta salad is this one - I omit the cumin - my kids don't like it...
If you go with a rice salad - consider cooking your rice in a big pot of water and letting it swirl around freely with the lid off til cooked - then drain it. The grains turn out so much better for salad (nice and apart - not too starchy) than the traditional way of cooking rice.
I make all sorts of rice salad - usually based on what needs to go in the fridge. But I love the combo of avocado, walnuts, green onion, edamame, celery and soft goat cheese with a balsamic marmaladey vinaigrette. My husband calls it green rice. It is so good.
Have you ever tried quinoa? Barley is also a nce option. This thread has some excellent ideas, as well as links to others.