Office Lunch: Picnic Orzo Salad 1/2 pound orzo pasta 1 pound grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced 2 large carrots, shredded 1 cucumber diced 1 can of garbanzo bean rinsed and drained 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped 1 avocado, diced.
Chickpea and Tomato Salad with fresh Basil...made this today, while good found it was a little bland, so pulled out my trusty and often used book The Flavor Bible and found that all of the ingredients used work with chickpeas, but cumin,coriander,red pepper flakes and black olives also work, added 1/4 tsp cumin and 1/4 coriander and a 1/2 cup sliced black olives and Viola !! It came to life..
Chicken-Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese: this dish adds a base of orzo to fresh arugula, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, and basil. Tangy goat cheese gives a luscious creaminess to each bite, and chopped chicken makes for a filling meal. Leave out the chicken and double the other ingredients for a picnic pasta salad that'll drive guests wild.