Lemon Avocado Pasta Salad – Orzo pasta is tossed with fresh cherry tomatoes, creamy avocado, basil, olive oil, and fresh lemon juice to make a light, yet satisfying side dish for any meal
Okay, okay. I give in. I’ll start sharing some healthy recipes this month. But just for this month! By the time Valentine’s Day comes around, you guys will be begging for chocolate recipes again, I just know it.
For the first healthy recipe this month, I am sharing one of the recipes I learned from one of those meal delivery boxes we received last summer. Have you tried one of those services before? They send three recipes for the week with all the ingredients and you cook them yourself. We do it about once a month to help bring new recipes and foods into our weeknight dinner routine. After cooking so much for you guys, mama needs a little creativity break so these boxes help feed the family while I take a brain break.
This Lemon Avocado Pasta Salad was a side dish served alongside a fish entree that we made for one of those weeks. But honestly, I was so happy eating it all by itself! So much flavor and hearty because of the tomatoes and avocado. Love love loved it.
So I’ve recreated it here for you to try for yourself. Check it out!
Lemon Avocado Pasta Salad
Orzo pasta is tossed with fresh cherry tomatoes, creamy avocado, basil, olive oil, and fresh lemon juice to make a light, yet satisfying side dish for any meal
- 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 8 ounces cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 lemon
- 12 ounces orzo pasta
- 1 large avocado
- .25 ounce fresh basil
- 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Half cherry tomatoes and add to a small bowl with white wine vinegar. Sprinkle with some salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Set aside to marinade.
Place a small pot of water on the stove to boil. Add a tablespoon of salt. Once boiling, add orzo and cook until al dente (should take between 6-8 minutes; check pacakge directions for exact time). Drain and rinse pasta. Add to a large bowl with olive oil. Toss to combine.
Dice avocado and add to orzo. Chop basil and add to orzo. Drain the tomatoes from the vinegar but do not rinse. Add to orzo. Finish off the pasta salad with a heavy squeeze of the lemon. Give salad a toss to combine all the ingredients. If you want more lemon flavor, juice the lemon all the way. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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