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Mason Jar Caprese Orzo salad

A delicious salad that looks as delicious as it tastes!

Ingredients

1 cup dry orzo
8oz drained mozzarella pearls (small balls of fresh mozzarella)
1 Pint cherry or grape tomatoes
Fresh basil, cut in chiffonade (roll the leaves then slice thinly)

Ingredients, Balsamic Dressing

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 large clove finely minced garlic

Instructions

Cook orzo pasta according to directions. Make sure you do not overcook it! Drain, stir in about 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil so the orzo doesn’t stick together. As it’s cooling, you will have to stir it a few times.

Mix all balsamic dressing ingredients together in a mason jar. Notice that the mason jar has the measurement markings on it. No need to dirty any measuring cups! Shake well prior to serving.

Mix tomato halves, mozzarella pearls and basil into orzo. Add about 3/4 of the dressing, reserving the balance to add just prior to serving. The pasta does absorb the dressing so it’s nice to drizzle some on just prior to serving.

Notes

This salad looks great served in individual mason jars!