July 6th, 2010

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Orzo is one of my favorite little pastas, and this Mediterranean Orzo Salad is simple, delicious and healthy. It’s great for a picnic, summer barbecue or quick, light lunch.  If you take your own lunch to work, this is a great option!

Feel free to make substitutions based on what you have handy.  Any bell pepper works well and so do regular olives and halved cherry tomatoes.  You could even change up the veggies (kale would be great in place of spinach), or add a protein. If you grow a garden, you’ll probably have many of the ingredients right in your own backyard! This salad is so versatile and easy, it’s one I make again and again.

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Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Preparation 15 2017-03-23T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 10 2017-03-23T00:00:00+00:00
Serves 1     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces orzo pasta
  • 1 yellow or red pepper, diced
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta crumbles
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Rinse with cold water and drain.
  2. In a large bowl, toss pasta with chopped bell pepper, olives, spinach, basil and feta. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil and vinegar. Pour over pasta vegetable mixture and stir to combine. Chill before serving.

Who Dished It Up First: I came across this recipe at 33 Shades of Green and couldn’t wait to try it.  Thanks Alissa!

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Comments

  1. this looks delish..my cousin makes a version similar to this and it is great for picnics and bbqs!

  2. This recipe looks so great for a summer day! Thanks for sharing your recipe and linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

  3. This looks great! I absolutely love orzo… it’s such a fun pasta to work with. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. What a pretty side dish! It looks like an excellent accompaniment to a cookout. – http://www.delightfulcountrycookin.com

  5. Oh, this sounds so good and healthy, too!

  6. What a beautiful food blog! It’s making me hungry and anxious to get in the kitchen!
    Kristin

  7. Looks wonderful!

  8. So glad you liked this! I’m following you now – ALL of your recipes sound delicious!
    Alissa

  9. I made this exactly as posted and it was FANTASTIC!!

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