Some good recipes for some cold orzo salad recipes are Orzo Salad with Roasted Cauliflower, Pine Nuts and Parsley, Orzo Salad with Corn, Arugula and Cherry Tomatoes and Giada De Laurentiis's Orzo Salad with a red wine vinaigrette. Orzo salads provide a light and refreshing alternative to heavier pasta dishes.
To make Orzo Salad with Roasted Cauliflower, Pine Nuts and Parsley, first heat the oven to 400 F and lightly coat cauliflower florets and diced red onion with olive oil. Season with plenty of salt and pepper, then roast until caramelized. Next, cook the orzo pasta in heavily salted water, then drain. Combine with the vegetables and cooking juices in a bowl. Add a whisked combination of sherry vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, honey and garlic, followed by raisins, pine nuts and parsley. Stir with salt and pepper to combine before chilling in the refrigerator.
For Orzo Salad with Corn, Arugula and Cherry Tomatoes, saute chopped yellow onion and either grill or boil corn on the cob. Separate the kernels and add to the onions, combining with cooked orzo and sliced cherry tomatoes, then sprinkling with lemon oil and Parmesan cheese.
To make Giada De Laurentiis's Orzo Salad with red wine vinaigrette, cook the orzo in chicken broth and drain. Toss with garbanzo beans, halved teardrop tomatoes, chopped red onion, fresh basil and mint, salt and pepper and the vinaigrette, made from blended lemon juice, honey, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.