Sunday, July 10, 2011

Greek Orzo Salad

Whole wheat orzo salad is a great way to enjoy a light pasta and veggie dish that is perfect for a cookout or party. Served cold, this dish combines delicious Greek flavors with fresh, seasonal produce. Filled with fiber, whole wheat orzo is a filling and healthy way to enjoy pasta salad. This recipe makes 4 servings and actually tastes best if you leave it in the fridge for a bit before eating. Serve topped with feta or grilled shrimp or chicken.

Read more for the full recipe.

8oz whole wheat orzo
1/2 english cucumber, sliced into 1/2" chunks
5-6 artichoke hearts, rinsed and sliced (canned, frozen or fresh)
4 tbsp capers
1 cup plum tomatoes, sliced in half
2 scallions, rinsed and sliced thinly
2 tbsp fresh oregano, washed and chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp cumin
optional: feta cheese

Step by Step Instructions:

1. Cook orzo according to package instructions, rise with cold water and set aside

2. Mix cucumbers, artichoke hearts, capers, scallions, tomatoes, and oregano in a bowl

3. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, lemon, garlic and cumin

4. Toss veggies with orzo and dressing thoroughly

5. Serve with feta cheese

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At July 11, 2011 at 3:18 PM , Blogger Magic of Spice said...

Great salad, especially for our warmer weather :)

At July 11, 2011 at 4:49 PM , Blogger Christine's Pantry said...

Great salad. Thanks for sharing.

At July 11, 2011 at 8:09 PM , Anonymous Patty said...

Looks amazingly delicious! Must try!

At July 11, 2011 at 8:30 PM , Blogger S.V. said...

Looks fantastic!

At July 11, 2011 at 10:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fabulous! I love greek salad ingredients - this is a great way you've re-made it!

At July 12, 2011 at 4:02 AM , Anonymous Lilly said...

I just food orzo at my supermarket. Can't wait to try this salad....seems like it's very light and summery.

At July 12, 2011 at 10:42 AM , Blogger Peggy said...

What a delicious pasta salad! Can't wait to try this one - a cold salad is just what we need for this hot, hot weather!

At July 12, 2011 at 6:25 PM , Blogger Kelly said...

This salad looks great! Perfect summer recipe! :)

At July 13, 2011 at 5:51 AM , Blogger Juanita said...

Great use of artichokes and cumin. I totally wouldn't make the feta optional cheese EVER! :-)

At July 13, 2011 at 9:14 AM , Blogger icancookthat said...

This is a perfect side for a barbecue. I love Greek orzo salads, and yours is beautiful!

At July 15, 2011 at 10:03 AM , Blogger The Mom Chef said...

I've only just discovered orzo and am loving this recipe. The cumin is definitely the surprise ingredient that will keep people coming back to the bowl. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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