Roasted Cabbage in the Oven

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Have you ever considered cabbage the star of your dinner table? In a world of broccoli, corn, and peas, probably not. Allow me to introduce you to roasted cabbage steaks. Thick slices of cabbage are transformed into golden-brown, tender “steaks” that boast crunch and a little bit of heat. And while this recipe is a...

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No Roux Macaroni and Cheese

There’s something truly nostalgic about a creamy, cheesy plate of mac and cheese. It brings back memories of family dinners and comfort food at its finest. This baked no roux mac and cheese recipe uses three types of cheese and is perfect as a fa…

There’s something truly nostalgic about a creamy, cheesy plate of mac and cheese. It brings back memories of family dinners and comfort food at its finest. This baked no roux mac and cheese recipe uses three types of cheese and is perfect as a family-friendly side dish. I am sure this is about to become...

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Pineapple Salad

You won’t believe how amazing this fresh Pineapple Salad recipe is! The mix of sweet chopped pineapple and mangos combined with spicy jalapenos and creamy avocado pieces totally wowed everyone at my Memorial Day BBQ. Great as a side salad or a br…

You won’t believe how amazing this fresh Pineapple Salad recipe is! The mix of sweet chopped pineapple and mangos combined with spicy jalapenos and creamy avocado pieces totally wowed everyone at my Memorial Day BBQ. Great as a side salad or a bright main dish topping, I love how unexpected this was to serve. If...

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Orzo Pasta Salad

This light & fresh Orzo Pasta Salad is full of colorful veggies and a delicious homemade dressing. Perfect for BBQs or meal prep it for the week!

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Every now and then I come across a recipe at a restaurant that I absolutely love, then I spend the next few moments trying to guess what’s in it so I can recreate it at home…for a lot less! Well today, I’m sharing one of those recipes! This Orzo Pasta Salad is inspired by a dish at one of my favorite restaurants, J. Alexander’s, and it’s now going into my pasta salads rotation!🙌 It includes fresh veggies like bell peppers, tomatoes and onion, along with tart & slightly sweet dried cranberries, and the best homemade vinaigrette dressing to bring it all together. This pasta salad recipe will definitely become a new favorite!

Overhead view of Orzo Pasta Salad in a white serving bowl with wood serving spoons on the side.

Ingredients For Orzo Pasta Salad

The restaurant version of this recipe includes wild rice, but I decided to leave the rice out because for one…wild rice can be expensive, and two…wild rice takes quite a bit of time to cook. But I absolutely love this version instead! So here’s everything you need to make this simple orzo pasta salad recipe:

  • Orzo: Orzo is a small shaped pasta that looks similar to rice. It cooks quickly and is popular in soups and salads just like this one. If you don’t have access to orzo pasta, you can certainly substitute it for a different small-shaped pasta instead.
  • Vegetables: A combination of veggies like bell peppers, roma tomatoes, red onion and sweet corn, adds lots of color, flavor, and texture. I made sure to dice the vegetables small so they match the proportion size of the rest of the ingredients.
  • Dried Cranberries: One of the things I love most about this pasta salad is the addition of the dried cranberries. It adds a tart & slightly sweet flavor and compliments the sweet corn and dressing perfectly!
  • Vinaigrette Dressing: To keep things light and fresh, I opted for a homemade vinaigrette dressing made with simple pantry ingredients and sweetened with a bit of honey. It’s so good!!

Variations & Recipe Tips!

  1. Switch it up! If you’re looking to change up the flavor profile, then try adding some Kalamata olives, crumbled feta cheese, and greek salad dressing, for a Mediterranean-inspired orzo pasta salad!
  2. Wanna make it more filling? Add some grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, or a can of chickpeas (drained & rinsed). 
  3. Cool down the pasta. Don’t forget to give the cooked pasta and corn a quick rinse under cool water to stop the cooking process and cool off the pasta before adding the veggies, herbs and cheese.

Serving Suggestions

This light and summery orzo pasta salad is perfect for BBQs and cookouts! Add it to your summer menu and enjoy it with some turkey burgers or grilled salmon. It’s also great with leaner proteins like Baked Cod, Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts, or even some Garlic Butter Shrimp on the side.

Side view of orzo pasta salad in a white serving bowl.
Overhead view of Orzo Pasta Salad in a white serving bowl with wood serving spoons on the side.
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Orzo Pasta Salad

This light & fresh Orzo Pasta Salad is full of colorful veggies and a delicious homemade dressing. Perfect for BBQs or meal prep it for the week!
Course Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Total Cost $9.99 recipe / $1.24 serving
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 (1 cup each)
Calories 265kcal

Ingredients

Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil $0.96
  • 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar $0.39
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard $0.04
  • 1 clove garlic, minced $0.08
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • 1 Tbsp honey $0.18

Pasta Salad

  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked orzo pasta $1.49
  • 1 cup frozen corn $0.41
  • 1 red bell pepper $1.59
  • 1 yellow bell pepper $1.59
  • 2 roma tomatoes $0.78
  • 1/2 red onion $0.40
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries $1.70
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley $0.29
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02

Instructions

  • Start by making the vinaigrette dressing. In a medium bowl whisk together the olive oil, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, basil, salt and honey until smooth. Set the vinaigrette aside.
  • Cook the orzo pasta according to the package directions. Add the frozen corn to the boiling water during the last 3 minutes of the pasta cook time.  Drain the pasta and corn in a colander and rinse briefly with cool water to cool off the pasta.
  • While the pasta is cooking, prepare the veggies. Dice the bell peppers and tomatoes, finely dice the red onion, measure out the dried cranberries, and chop the parsley.
  • Transfer the pasta and corn to a large bowl. Add the chopped vegetables, chopped parsley and dried cranberries.
  • Give the vinaigrette dressing another stir. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad and season with 1/4 tsp salt. Toss the salad ingredients together until everything is evenly coated in the dressing. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to enjoy.

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Notes

*Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 163mg | Fiber: 3g
Overhead view of two white bowls of orzo pasta salad.

How to Make Orzo Pasta Salad – Step by Step Photos

Vinaigrette dressing for orzo pasta salad.

Start by making the vinaigrette dressing. In a medium bowl whisk together 1/3 cup olive oil, 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar, 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 minced garlic clove, 1/2 tsp basil, 1/4 tsp salt and 1 Tbsp honey until smooth. Set the vinaigrette aside.

Cooked orzo and corn drained in a colander.

Cook 1 1/2 cups of orzo pasta according to the package directions. Add 1 cup frozen corn to the boiling water during the last 3 minutes of the pasta cook time.  Drain the pasta and corn in a colander and rinse briefly with cool water to cool off the pasta.

Chopped vegetables on a cutting board.

While the pasta is cooking, prepare the veggies. Dice 1 red bell pepper, 1 yellow bell pepper, 2 roma tomatoes, finely dice 1/2 red onion, measure out 3/4 cups dried cranberries, and chop 1/4 cup fresh parsley. (Frozen corn is pictured on the cutting board, but is added in the previous step with the boiling pasta).

Cooked orzo, corn, and chopped vegetables in a large bowl with vinaigrette dressing being poured on top.

Transfer the cooked pasta and corn to a large bowl. Add the chopped vegetables, chopped parsley and dried cranberries. Give the vinaigrette dressing another stir. Pour the dressing over the pasta salad.

Orzo pasta salad ingredients mixed together in a large bowl.

Toss the salad ingredients together until everything is evenly coated in the dressing. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to enjoy!

Overhead view of orzo pasta salad in a large white serving bowl with wooden serving spoons on the side.

Enjoy this light, fresh and summery orzo pasta salad at your next BBQ, cookout or family gathering! Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Orange Dreamsicle Fruit Salad

If you’re looking for a perfect dish for your next summer gathering, let me introduce you to my favorite: the Dreamy Orange Dreamsicle Fruit Salad. This isn’t your average fruit salad; it has a retro feel that takes me back to the classic o…

If you’re looking for a perfect dish for your next summer gathering, let me introduce you to my favorite: the Dreamy Orange Dreamsicle Fruit Salad. This isn’t your average fruit salad; it has a retro feel that takes me back to the classic orange creamsicle flavors of my childhood. The creamy dressing, made with vanilla...

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Parmesan Crusted Rainbow Carrots

These oven-baked, parmesan-crusted Rainbow carrots are a wonderful side dish that will have everyone asking for seconds. The full-size carrots soften beautifully, while the crispy, crunchy parmesan coating adds perfect texture to this sweet veggie. The…

These oven-baked, parmesan-crusted Rainbow carrots are a wonderful side dish that will have everyone asking for seconds. The full-size carrots soften beautifully, while the crispy, crunchy parmesan coating adds perfect texture to this sweet veggie. They were so good that I not only ate my share but shared my leftovers with a neighbor whose family quickly gave...

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Pomegranate Salad with Feta Cheese

Looking for a refreshing and unique salad that’s perfect to serve up all summer long? This Pomegranate Salad with Feta Cheese is a vibrant blend of sweet honey and savory lemon, with a satisfying crunch from the pomegranate seeds. …

Looking for a refreshing and unique salad that’s perfect to serve up all summer long? This Pomegranate Salad with Feta Cheese is a vibrant blend of sweet honey and savory lemon, with a satisfying crunch from the pomegranate seeds.  This dish works great as a salsa or a salad, making it twice as good to add to...

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Dragon Fruit Salad

Bursting with vibrant colors, tropical flavors, and incredible health benefits, this tropical fruit salad recipe will become your new favorite. Whether hosting a summer barbecue, a family gathering, or simply craving a refreshing side dish in the hot w…

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Air Fryer Asparagus

This Air Fryer Asparagus might be the easiest recipe I’ve ever developed. It takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish and is so good!

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This Air Fryer Asparagus might be the easiest recipe I’ve ever developed, and you know what? I’m not mad about it! Sometimes the simplest method truly is the best, and this crispy asparagus is proof of that. It takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish, and it’ll change the way you think about this sometimes polarizing veggie. Did you know asparagus takes 3 YEARS to fully mature so it looks and tastes the way you see it at the grocery store?! For that reason alone, let’s respect this ingredient, keep it simple, and truly let its flavor shine!

overhead view of asparagus on a black plate with lemon wedges.

Ingredients for Air Fryer Asparagus

Here’s what you’ll need to make air fryer asparagus:

  • Asparagus: I never have trouble finding a bunch at my local grocery store. However, prices can vary throughout the year, so take advantage of them while they are in season and sometimes on sale. Asparagus is in season during the spring and early summer from the end of March through late May or early June.
  • Olive Oil: Olive oil helps keep the asparagus spears from burning. It also helps to evenly distribute the seasonings.
  • Seasoning: A mix of garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper adds just a touch of flavor that pairs well with just about any meal.
  • Lemon: A squeeze of fresh lemon juice (totally optional) adds a pop of freshness!

What Else Can I Add to Air Fryer Asparagus?

I love the simplicity of salt, pepper, and garlic powder, but feel free to get creative. Try:

Tips for Making Air Fryer Asparagus

  • Trim only the bottom 1/2-1 inch of the asparagus spears. These woody ends are tough and can be unpleasant to eat. Some people like to use a vegetable peeler to peel off the skin at the bottom. I find that method works often, but the ends are usually still too tough for my liking.
  • Try to leave a bit of space between the spears so they crisp up rather than steaming. You may want to cook the asparagus in batches.
  • Don’t overcook the asparagus. Overcooked asparagus will go limp and soggy and turn a greyish color. When cooked asparagus turns a brilliant bright green, that typically means it’s done!
  • Serve this asparagus as soon as it has finished cooking for the best taste and crisp texture.

What to Serve with Air Fryer ASparagus

This crispy asparagus goes so well with simple, wholesome meals like Parmesan Risotto, Chicken Cordon Bleu, or Honey Sriracha Tofu.

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overhead view of asparagus on a black plate with lemon wedges.
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Air Fryer Asparagus

This Air Fryer Asparagus might be the easiest recipe I've ever developed. It takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish and is so good!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Total Cost $4.07 recipe / $1.02 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 (about 5 stalks each)
Calories 41kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch asparagus (1 lb.) $2.99
  • 1 tsp olive oil $0.06
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder $0.06
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper $0.12
  • 1 lemon, to juice and zest (optional) $0.79

Instructions

  • Cut off the woody ends of asparagus and preheat your air fryer to 400°F for 4 minutes.
  • Combine garlic powder, sea salt, and black pepper to create the seasoning blend.
  • Toss asparagus with olive oil and seasoning blend.
  • Air fry at 400°F for 3 minutes, stopping halfway through to shake.
  • Remove asparagus and spritz with a squeeze of lemon juice. Sprinkle with lemon zest if desired. Adjust salt and pepper to your liking. Enjoy!

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 294mg | Fiber: 3g
asparagus spears in an air fryer.

how to make Air Fryer ASparagus – step by step photos

a bunch of asparagus with the ends cut off on a cutting board.

Cut off the woody ends of 1 lb of asparagus and preheat your air fryer to 400°F for 4 minutes.

spices and oil in separate glass bowls.

Combine 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp sea salt, and 1/2 tsp black pepper to create the seasoning blend.

hands tossing asparagus in a white bowl.

Toss asparagus with 1 tsp of olive oil and then the seasoning blend.

raw seasoned asparagus in an air fryer.

Place in the air fryer and air fry at 400°F for 3 minutes, stopping halfway through to shake.

cooked seasoned asparagus in an air fryer.

Remove asparagus and spritz with a squeeze of lemon juice. Sprinkle with lemon zest if desired. Adjust salt and pepper to your liking. Enjoy!

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