Greek Orzo Pasta Salad



A salad like this, tastes like summer to me!




Orzo pasta mingling with sweet cherry tomatoes, the subtle taste of fresh cucumbers, the mildly pungent flavor of red onions; rich, fruity, meaty kalamata olives, and salty, tangy feta cheese, all tossed together with a vinaigrette dressing.

I like the taste, shape and texture of orzo pasta ~ it’s perfect in a salad, making a great side dish for grilled meat.




Try this easy one filled with mouthwatering Greek flavors; leftover, it tastes good chilled too!

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

For the orzo salad:

1 cup dry orzo pasta (approx. 2 cups cooked)
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup cucumber, diced
1 cup red onion, thinly sliced
¾ cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced
1 cup crumbled feta cheese

For the vinaigrette:

¼ cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons dried oregano
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Method:

Cook orzo al dente according to package directions; rinse under cold water and drain well, set aside.
In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and olives.
In a small bowl, combine vinaigrette ingredients and whisk well.
Drizzle vinaigrette over vegetables and toss.
Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
Add feta and toss lightly.
Serve at room temperature.
Serves 4

ENJOY!






Comments

  1. My kind of salad. I have not thought to use orzo. What a nice idea! Thanks.

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  2. I love this salad Pam. I have to make soon!!
    xo

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  3. My kind of salad if only I get my husband to like feta!! Have a good week Diane

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  4. Yes.....I could so eat a big bowl of this right now! Perfect summer salad.

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  5. What a pretty salad. I'm crazy about orzo and use it all of the time.
    Sam

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  6. Oh my gosh, one of my grandmas used to make something similar and I totally forgot until you shared this post.

    Thanks for that and boogie boogie.

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  7. Pam, My better half would just love this salad! Have a great day... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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  8. Hi Pam,
    I have never tried orzo! And having it in a salad looks really good!

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  9. I like the Greekness of this dish Pam and orzo is a favorite around here in lieu of rice.

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  10. That photo is awesome..such pretty flowers,too. looks like a great salad!

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  11. Pretty salad, pretty flowers, pretty person.

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  12. Love orzo for salads... and I have all the rest of the stuff. Lunch!

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