Fresh Orzo Salad
Updated: Aug 5, 2019
With the combination or herbs and fresh veggies, this orzo is perfect for meal prep for lunches during the week, side dish for a dinner, top with your favorite choice of protein... SKYS THE LIMIT :) Bottom line, this orzo salad is very versatile, fresh and clean tasting, while packing a punch with incredible flavors, you will be so glad you made this!
The thing to remember with this is you can add more or less of any ingredient below. What I love is this can be thrown together with whatever you have in the kitchen! Honestly, that is how I came up with this one during a late afternoon hunger! I am so glad it did, this will be a regular recipe in our house hold.
1 16 oz Whole Foods Organic Orzo
1 yellow pepper
10 cherry tomatoes
1/2 crumbled feta cheese (one with microbial enzymes) + I always like to add a bit more
2 cups chopped spinach
1/2 fresh lemon
1/2 cup bean sprouts
5 fresh chives chopped up
3 fresh large basil leaves chopped
1/2 cup black olives sliced
salt and pepper to taste
Dressing ingredients & directions for Orzo:
2/3 red wine vinegar
1 1/3 cup light olive oil
3 cloves garlic minced
3 tsp (or more to taste) Dijon mustard
Salt & pepper to taste
*** Shake all ingredients together and refrigerate
Directions for orzo below
1. Cook Orzo according to package, drain in a strainer and run cold water over it. Once it is cool enough to touch, move the pasta around with your hand letting the cool water rinse all over it. Then set aside while you prep the rest of the ingredients
2. In a large bowl dice up yellow bell pepper, black olives into slices, cherry tomatoes into slices , bean sprouts in half and raw spinach
3. Next take kitchen scissors or cut with a knife the fresh basil & chives over the ingredients above. Salt and pepper to taste over the fresh veggies and pour the feta cheese in. Reserve about 1 cup of the cooked orzo, and pour the rest of the cooked orzo into the bowl. I reserve 1 cup of it to make my own variation for Ainsley, and I feel it doesn't need all the orzo the box makes, but if you add more ingredients above you are more than welcome to use all of it!
4. Lastly, toss the orzo to mix the ingredients together before you add the dressing and squeeze the juice from the 1/2 lemon over it all. Then add the dressing, mixing and adding salt and pepper to taste until it has enough of the dressing to your liking!
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