VIDEO RECIPE: Fresh From Florida – Delicious Florida Grape Tomato and Orzo Pasta Salad

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most of Florida’s produce available October to June

WATCH: Florida farmers make it easy for everyone to eat fresh produce year-round. Due to the milder climate in the Sunshine State, fruits and vegetables grown in Florida are generally available earlier than those produced in other states.

FRESH FROM FLORIDA— Florida farmers make it easy for everyone to eat fresh produce year-round. Due to the milder climate in the Sunshine State, fruits and vegetables grown in Florida are generally available earlier than those produced in other states.

In fact, most of Florida’s produce is available between October and June.

This allows you to enjoy fresh Florida tomatoes, oranges, bell peppers, strawberries, snap beans and squash during the winter months, and fresh Florida blueberries, sweet corn and watermelon in late spring.

Seafood and shellfish caught in Florida’s waters are available year-round.

So enjoy the bounty that Florida has to offer – and for delicious dishes, check out our “Fresh From Florida” recipes created by Chef Justin Timineri, Florida’s culinary ambassador.

Chef Justin Timineri’s mission is to encourage everyone to rediscover fresh, healthy Florida cuisine.

Florida Grape Tomato and Orzo Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

2 clamshells Florida grape tomatoes, rinsed and cut in half
1 pound orzo pasta, cooked according to directions on package and cooled completely
1 cup fresh basil, chopped fine
1 1/2 lemons, juiced
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more if desired
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

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Preparation:

  1. Cook 1 lb of orzo pasta and let cool.
  2. Rinse 2 clamshells of Florida grape tomatoes and cut in halves.
  3. Combine tomatoes, basil, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil in medium bowl.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste, mix thoroughly.
  5. Serve at room temperature.

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