Monday, July 25, 2016

Go Greek

Add Greek flavors to your next meal with Greek Orzo Salad
Recipe serves 4.
Orzo Salad

  • 12 oz. orzo cooked and drained
  • 1 diced red and yellow pepper
  • 3/4 cup red onion slices
  • cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cucumber. diced
  • 1-cup olives (pitted)
  • ½ cup pine nuts (toasted)
  • optional ½ small bag spinach leaves (stems removed)
  • crumbled feta cheese
Prepared Greek dressing-I used one from the chain restaurant Its Greek To Me or the grocery store carries prepared Greek dressing or try this homemade dressing below it's so easy
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 TB.  lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon pepper
  • Mix orzo, peppers, onions, olives, feta, pine nuts, tomatoes, cucumbers and olives.
  • For homemade dressing use a blender to mix ingredients. 
  • Add enough dressing to moisten the salad mixture. Refrigerate covered for several hours for flavors to meld. May need to add more dressing to salad right before serving.
Cook's notes: A recipe for a healthy vegetarian sandwich wrap inspired by the flavors of Greek cooking. It includes feta cheese and lightly marinated veggies, wrapped up in a healthy whole wheat flour tortilla. Recipe serves 4. 
  • 4- 10-inch whole wheat tortillas
  • 3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • approx 16 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 10 black olives, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 small yellow squash, sliced
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 2 TB. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tb. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • mixed greens
  • In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the tortillas and mixed greens. Let stand for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Drain off liquid. Ads a couple of handfuls of torn mixed greens to ingredients. Divide salad mixture among the tortillas. Fold bottom of tortilla partially over filling and then roll up.
Option: Skip the dressing in the above recipe and mix wrap ingredients with some of the
Tzatziki Herb Sauce and Grilled Chicken

  • 2 cups fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1 cup peeled, seeded and diced cucumber
  • 2 TB. chopped fresh dill or 1 tsp. dried dill
  • 1 TB. lemon juice
  • 1 TB. white vinegar
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. salt (optional)
  • Mix all Tzatziki ingredients and refrigerate several hours for flavors to meld.  

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