This salad is quick & easy, healthy, super-fresh, kid-friendly, and best of all (of course), tastes delish! Perfect for a warm Summer (or Spring that feels like Summer) evening!
1 box of orzo pasta
1/2 bunch of green onions, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped (the more color, the better - we only used one, but could have done with a second)
1 bunch of asparagus, lightly steamed (cooked just enough to tenderize, but not lose crispness - 3 min in the microwave did it for us)
1 cucumber (seedless if possible), chopped
1/2 cup of italian dressing (whatever dressing you love the best!)
salt & pepper to taste
Other things you could add to expand the rainbow… carrots! celery! corn! peas! tomatoes!
Put the pasta on to boil. While it's going, steam the asparagus - but remember to go light; you still want it to have a crispness to it. Chop the veggies (the kids helped with this). When the pasta is ready, drain & immediately cool with cold water. Drain completely. Transfer to a bowl & add veggies (more kid help!), pour over the dressing, add salt & pepper, stir (even more kid help!), and then… enjoy!
This keeps well in the fridge for a few days; watch the cukes for softness, otherwise, all the other veggies hold up well.
(I know this isn't a grea photo, but I had to add it - just for the GUSTO with which this boy stirs the pasta!)