Orzo Salad, Recipe of the Month, May 2021

Coming into grilling season and always looking for some different side dishes, here is one the family enjoys and also uses a lot of fresh ingredients!​

Orzo Salad

Serves 4; 5 minutes prep, 10 minutes cook time

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/4 cups (8 oz) dry orzo
  • 1 medium English cucumber, diced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

FOR THE DRESSING:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

BRING A LARGE POT OF SALTED WATER TO A BOIL OVER HIGH HEAT. ADD ORZO AND COOK UNTIL AL DENTE, ABOUT 7 MINUTES. DRAIN AND RINSE UNDER COLD WATER.

  1. Transfer to a large bowl, and add cucumber, tomatoes, olives, red onion, bell pepper, feta, spinach, and parsley.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, garlic, oregano, and salt and pepper and pour over orzo and vegetables.
  3. Toss to combine, adjust seasoning as needed, and serve. Enjoy!