This is a perfect picnic recipe! First of all it's quick and easy to make, and nothing in it will spoil easily.
1 cup dry orzo pasta
1 small zucchini (chopped)
1 medium carrot (thinly sliced)
2 medium stalks of celery (chopped)
1 Tbsp shallot (finely chopped)
1/4 cup Roma tomatoes (chopped)
1 tsp fresh basil (chopped)
1 tsp oregano
2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese (grated)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
Cook the orzo according to the package directions. I like to replace the water with veggie stock to add extra flavor. While the orzo cooks, boil about 1" of water in a medium saucepan. Add in vegetables (except tomato) and cover with a lid. Reduce heat and simmer for about 3 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse vegetables under cold water. Do the same with the orzo. Drain very well.
Combine vegetables, including tomatoes, basil and oregano with orzo in a large bowl. Mix well.
In a small bowl, combine oil, vinegar and Parmesan Cheese. Pour dressing over mixed salad.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.