Whip up this easy orzo salad for a light and healthy side dish alternative to potato salad.
1 cup uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
1 1/3 cups diced zucchini
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons minced fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup diced tomato
1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons chopped pitted kalamata olives
How to Make It
Cook orzo according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain well. Combine orzo, zucchini, and onion in a large bowl; toss well. Combine parsley and next 6 ingredients (parsley through pepper); stir well with a whisk. Stir into orzo mixture; add tomato, cheese, and olives, tossing gently to coat.
This is great! The only change I made was to use the herbed feta that comes in a jar w/ oil. Because the oil is also herby, I added some (like a tbl) in with the warm orzo and veges and the parsley mixture. Yummy!
This is just ok with the zucchini,
Outstanding with a substitute of cucumber. I also cooked the pasta in half water and half low sodium, fat free chicken broth. The orzo was too slippery for me, so I also substituted mini bow tie pasta. The herbs and flavors coat this type of pasta better in my opinion. Also fat free feta has been used and no one mentions any difference. This is a family favorite, i am even asked to make it for my grown kids parties!
I used wheat pearl couscous instead of orzo and doubled the fresh herbs for bolder flavor. Also used a reduced fat Feta and halved grape tomatoes. Outstanding recipe served cold, and even better the next day!
Great salad served cold or warm. My guests loved it. It’s a great recipe to make ahead of time for a dinner party. I served it cold along with Baked Shrimp Scampi (local recipe), Chilled Sesame Asparagus (Southern Living), and Roast Chicken Salad (minus the chicken) with Peaches, Goat Cheese, and Pecans..I added some sliced fresh strawberries too! (Cooking Light). I made all the recipes ahead of time and had them ready in their serving bowls so all I had to do was put the prepared Shrimp Scampi in the oven to bake just before eating. This allowed me time to enjoy cocktails with my guests instead of spending time in the kitchen. I made this several months ago and since it was so well enjoyed by my guests, I’m back for this recipe and the other recipes to make it all again for different guests. Perfect combination of recipes for a great dinner party!
We thought this recipe was delicious! Served with CL Baked Shrimp with Feta. PERFECT combo. Very tasty but light! Definitely used fresh herbs, added yellow pepper for flavor & color, left out feta since main dish already had feta in it. Also, sauteed vegetables a few minutes (tender crisp) which we liked.
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