Summer is salad time, yes, but a salad needn’t be just green and leafy.
Orzo, a small rice-shaped pasta, is a great base for light summer salads. And it’ll make your salad something to talk about: Your guests will debate whether the dish is rice or pasta.
To keep the orzo from clumping together after cooking, quickly stir in the vinegar and lemon juice. Buy really ripe good tomatoes (or use the best from your garden) because the juices from the tomatoes form the salad dressing, along with the juices from the other vegetables.
Serve the salad chilled, with a sprinkle of sunflower seeds for a nice crunch.
Look for orzo at well-stocked supermarkets and gourmet markets.