Monday, March 26, 2018

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad

Simple ingredients with fresh vegetables and feta tossed with orzo bring the sun-soaked taste of Mediterranean flavors to your table. Start your week with a healthy dish.
Orzo pasta is a type of pasta made in the shape of a rice grain and often rice sized as well. 
This pasta is very versatile because of its size and shape. It can be used in a fairly wide range of dishes both hot and cold sides, soups and salads.  1 cup dry = 3 cups volume cooked. Orzo is usually found in the pasta section of the store rather than the rice section but check both places.  

Mediterranean Orzo Pasta Salad
Cook's Notes: The following recipe ingredients were doubled for this photo below.  
Basic recipe serves four.
  • 1-1/2 cups dry orzo
  • 1 medium English cucumber, diced and patted dry on a paper towel
  • 1 (10.5 oz. ) package grape tomatoes, halved and patted dry on a paper towel  
  • 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup yellow/orange sweet mini peppers, diced 
  • 1/2 tsp. each oregano, basil, parsley   
  • 1 cup crumbled feta
  • Bottled Light Greek Vinaigrette e.g. Cardini's

  • Prepare orzo according to directions listed on package/box. Drain and let cool.
  • In a large bowl mix cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, peppers and spices. Add in orzo, the dressing 1/4 cup at a time and taste. You do not want to overly saturate the salad ingredients with dressing. Refrigerate a few hours. Just before serving add crumbled feta cheese.   
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