Orzo, basil and grilled cherry tomatoes salad.

My partner works nights, so I sometimes make something that I can enjoy in the day whilst he’s sleeping, but then the leftovers can be packed into a lunch box for him to take to work. This is one such thing, I can enjoy it hot in the day and he can have it cold to take to work. It is just as good cold as it is hot!


1 big handful of spinach
lightly packed 1/2 cup of chopped basil,
12 or so cherry tomatoes. halved
1 cup orzo
2 cups stock
salt and black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for grilling tomatoes
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Toss the tomato halves in olive oil and then place on a lined baking tray, sprinkle with salt and pepper and pop under a medium high grill for about ten minutes/ until the skin is wrinkled and starting to char. Whilst they are grilling, cook your orzo, bring the stock to the boil and add in the orzo, turn the heat down slightly and cook for about 7 minutes until tender, drain off any excess liquid. Take the tomatoes out from under the grill and combine in a large bowl with the rest of the ingredients, tossing together. You can enjoy this hot or allow it to cool and pack into lunch boxes.

9 thoughts on “Orzo, basil and grilled cherry tomatoes salad.

  1. In a few days after I hit the grocery store again and purchase the spinach, my little kitchen will everything I need to pack this wonderful lunch for myself. I think I may add thinly sliced onions and a little garlic, just because I like those ingredients in just about everything. Oh my I cannot wait! Thanks!

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