Friday, 19 July 2013

Parma Ham Orzo Salad with Goat's Cheese

This is a lovely salad, really easy to make and a bit different given that rather than there being lots of pasta, there was lots of spinach instead and it was really good. Everything worked really well together and I will definitely be making it again, I think it would be just as nice with chicken rather than parma ham as in the original recipe but parma ham was what I had!

Parma Ham Orzo Salad with Goat's Cheese (adapted from The Sweets Life)
(Serves 6)

360g uncooked orzo
6 slices parma ham, sliced
200g spinach, roughly chopped
200g cherry/plum tomatoes, halved
6 sun dried tomatoes, sliced
85g black olives, halved
1 red onion, chopped
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
4 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
150g crumbled goat cheese

Cook orzo according to packet instructions. When cooked, drain and run under the cold tap. Drain well.

Combine the orzo, parma ham, spinach, tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, olives, onion, and basil in a large bowl, tossing to mix well.

In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar with oil, salt, and black pepper. Pour over pasta mixture and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with goat's cheese just before serving.

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