With Italian-style artichokes, salty feta cheese, and Moroccan-inspired mint tea, you can enjoy the flavors of the Mediterranean right at home. (Serves 4)

Mediterranean Orzo Salad with Feta Vinaigrette

September 27, 2007
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Lee Harrelson

Mint iced tea: Combine 1 quart cold water, 3/4 cup fresh mint leaves, and 5 regular-sized tea bags in a saucepan, bring to a simmer. Remove from heat; cover and steep 3 minutes. Strain mixture, discarding mint and tea bags. Add 3 tablespoons sugar, stirring to dissolve. Serve over ice.

Pita wedges

GAME PLAN

Total Time: 45 minutes

1. While water for orzo and water for tea comes to a boil:
• Chop spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, red onion, and kalamata olives.

2. While pasta cooks:
• Steep tea bags and mint in water.
• Chop marinated artichokes.

3. Combine salad.