Herbed Pea and Orzo Salad

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  • 1 pound box orzo pasta
  • 1 cup finely chopped herbs (I used even-ish amounts of basil, cilantro, and parsley)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1.5 cups frozen peas, thawed (you can use the microwave for this if you are short on time)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Bring a SALTED (it should taste like the ocean) pot of water to a boil
  2. Add your orzo and cook until al dente (follow package instructions, but it will probably be 9-10 minutes)
  3. Meanwhile, make your herb condiment: in a bowl, combine the chopped herbs, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, and pepper flakes. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper
  4. When the orzo is done cooking, strain in a colander and run cool water over the pasta until the noodles are cold
  5. To assemble, add the orzo into a large bowl and top with the herb condiment, the peas, the garlic powder, and the onion powder. Stir to combine and season to taste with salt and pepper. Depending on how you salted your water, your final dish might need a decent amount of salt. Don’t be afraid of the salt, just keep adding and stirring and tasting until you get the seasoning right!