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Friday, July 10, 2015

Donna's Mediterranean Orzo Salad


  While we had extra people in town for Grandma's birthday, MiMi and Pops thought it would be fun to have a little cookout.  We played some ladder golf and stuffed ourselves with some really good food.  Pops made some excellent pork chops on the grill.  He tried a new to us sauce, Blues Hog honey mustard.  MiMi bought it in a sampler pack and we all LOVED it.  We also had Pops' homemade deer sausage, a variety of cheese and crackers.


   My Aunt Donna brought this really fresh and tasty salad as well.  It is a bright and fun take on a pasta salad without all the mayo you think of and with a different shape of pasta than you are used to in a salad.  Jax loved the addition of the grapes, of course! This salad is definitely worth a try at your next potluck, or it would be a great side with a grilled chicken breast.  It can be served warm, room temperature or cold.  We had it cold which was especially nice on a warm evening.

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Ingredients:

2 cups (measured uncooked) orzo
6 T extra-virgin olive oil
6 T lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground pepper
4 cups seedless grapes, halved
2/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped
4 T red onion, finely chopped

  1. Cook orzo according to package directions.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Stir in grapes, feta, mint, onion and orzo.  Toss to combine.
  3. You can serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve. 
Some other fun salad ideas:






10 comments:

  1. It's wonderful that your family has fun get togethers! I've never had Orzo salad before, and I actually have some on hand. Hope you are having a fun weekend!

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    1. We have a good time together, that is for sure. My sisters and I are on a little sisters' trip this weekend, so we are having a blast! I hope your weekend is great as well!

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  2. I love orzo! I don't have many recipes that actually use it, but I am always looking for new ones. I love the addition of feta cheese and mint. YUM :)

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    1. It is definitely a bright and fun twist on pasta salad. It is exciting to have a new use for orzo!

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  3. Yum, I love orzo pasta salads, this sounds wonderful with the feta and mint! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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    1. It was really refreshing and fun! Thanks for hosting!

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  4. Family potlucks are always fun and it's nice to get to sample everyone's food. I've used orzo in soups, but never in a salad. Will give this a try. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

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    1. It was a fun way to have it! I need to get orzo more often and try more variations!

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  5. Love the grapes in this, so fresh!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can't wait to see you next week!

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    1. It was a delicious change of pace, that is for sure! Thanks for hosting!

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