The blogosphere is oozing with Fall recipes; desserts dressed up in pumpkin pie spices and all that talk about slow cooker recipes is making me a little jealous. The idea of Fall is so far-fetched for us.. I mean seriously we'd happily take anything in 80's.
I am desperate for some cool breeze against my pretty scarves..cozying up with a tall mug of rich hot chocolate and pumpkin donuts is starting to feel so right..but you guys, its not happening here anytime soon. So, I have decided to fantasize the idea of Fall with warm orzo salad doused with a healthy dose of tahini lemon dressing. This is my transition salad - everything here screams "I am ready for Fall but let me enjoy the last of delicious summer vegetables."
Orzo is cooked and drained. Summer veggies (tomatoes, cucumbers) are chopped. Tahini Lemon dressing is gently poured.
The salad is great when served alone but if you have the last of zucchini lying around - use them up. I grilled thin slices with a dash of salt and generous amount of pepper.
Use this salad to bridge bittersweet Summer of 2013 with the upcoming Fall. Get inspired by orange - use roasted carrots or pumpkins instead of zucchini if you'd like. I am sure swapping cilantro with other herbs like parsley or basil would be great.. but if I were you, I would stick to the show stopper tahini lemon dressing. It's creamy, tad garlicky, and lemony which will marry Fall and Summer into one big, happy, flavorful plate.
Thanks Joanne for the inspiration to use orzo!
1 cup orzo (cooked according to the package and drained)
1 small cucumber, seeded and roughly diced
2 medium tomatoes, quartered
handful of cilantro, chopped
Tahini lemon dressing (recipe to follow)
1 small pomegranate, seeded
salt and pepper to taste
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