Danielle’s Design Scoop: Perfect Spring Pasta Salad!

Spring has arrived! One of my favorite ways to keep it fresh in the kitchen is with this perfect spring pasta salad that incorporates yummy seasonal spring veggies. Quick, light, and delicious, try one of my favorite pasta salad recipes this month!


Photo: Francesco Tonelli; Styling: Philippa Brathwaite, courtesy of myrecipes.com

Orzo Salad with Radish and Fennel

Lemony dressing and fresh mint add vibrant flavor. Serve chilled and garnish with pretty mint leaves.

8 ounces uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups diced fennel (about 1 bulb)
1/2 cup chopped radish
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
3 tablespoons minced green onions
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted


1. Cook orzo pasta with 1 tablespoon kosher salt according to the package directions, omitting additional fat. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain well.

2. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, and pepper in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Add orzo, fennel, radish, mint, onions, and kosher salt; toss well to coat. Cover and chill. Top with nuts before serving.

Recipe adapted from myrecipes.com.

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