Ditch the mayonnaise and dress your pasta salad with flavors of the Mediterranean.  It's a lighter way to enjoy the traditionally creamy salad favorite.  And with orzo's "fancier" appearance and filling attributes, you'll quickly and easily take this dish from the picnic table to the dinner table. 

Greek Orzo Salad
Total Time: 25 minutes + marinating time 
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

What you'll need
For the Salad
3/4 cup uncooked orzo pasta
1 cup bell pepper, diced (any color)
1/3 cup scallions, diced
1/2 cup kalamata olives
1/3 cup capers, drained
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
salt and pepper to taste 
drizzle of olive oil

For the Dressing
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1. Cook orzo according to package directions.
2. Combine salad ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.  Toss well. 
3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine salad dressing ingredients.  Mix well. 
4. Pour dressing over salad as desired.  Toss well.  Let salad marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
5. Serve it cold or at room temperature.  Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from epicurious.com

01/29/2012 11:59

I made an orzo risotto for the first time last night - which was amazing. I've been looking for other recipes to make with the orzo I have left, and this looks fantastic. Thanks.

03/27/2013 00:09

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