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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Low Fat Tzatziki Style Orzo Salad


     Our Greek week would not be complete without something Tzatzkiki. I mean the cool creamy cucumber and yogurt sauce it what really makes a gyro.  I love it when they really pile it on there.  So I knew I had to make something like that for our Greek feast.  The thing is, I didn't really want it as a sauce or dip.  I wanted it to be it's own thing.  And that's when it hit me.  It would make a perfect pasta salad!




     Ever since Donna made her Mediterranean Orzo Salad last summer, I have been waiting for the chance to make another version of orzo salad. I just love the way the orzo looks in a salad and it's small size makes it easy to get all of the ingredients distributed nicely.  Plus for some reason, it just seems to fit these Greek flavors.  Who knows why?  It just made sense to me at the time!  So much so that I ran to the store just to get a box of orzo.  None of the shapes of pasta in the pantry seemed like they would do.



   Instead of grating the cucumber, like you would for the sauce, I left them in slices so there would be some nice texture in the salad.  I also used regular plain yogurt rather than Greek yogurt.  Since I was using it as a dressing instead of a sauce, the extra moisture worked to my advantage.  Of course the plain yogurt is cheaper than the strained too!  Other than that, the recipe is what you would expect in a tzatziki sauce.  It is bright, fresh and worked as a great side dish for the Lemon and Yogurt Marinated Chicken.

   

Tzatziki Style Orzo Salad
Serves 16-20

Ingredients:

1 16 oz package orzo
2 cucumbers
2 cups plain lowfat yogurt
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T extra-virgin olive oil
2 T lemon juice
2 T fresh dill
salt and pepper


  1. Cook orzo to al dente according to package directions.  Drain and then set aside to cool.
  2. Quickly peel the cucumbers, they don't have to be perfect.  Then halve them longways and scoop out most of the seeds.  Slice them in about 1/4" slices.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together yogurt, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, dill and a pinch of salt and pepper.  
  4. Stir the orzo and cucumbers into the dressing.  Adjust your salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.  




14 comments:

  1. Now, that's a summer salad!!! YUMMO!!! Looks so creamy and light!

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    1. It is! I love the bright flavors of cucumber, dill and lemon against the cool yogurt sauce. Yum!!! Thanks, Andrea!

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  2. A favorite cucumber salad meets pasta. YUM

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  3. MMM good. This salad looks perfect!

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  4. I LOVE tzatziki! This recipe looks so good. I think I will add some chickpeas to fill it out for easy weekday work lunches. Thanks! I found your link at What's Cookin Wednesday!

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    1. I love that idea! Chickpeas would be a perfect addition and add that protein boost! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Looks so good. Love orzo, love tzatziki! Thanks for linking up with Funtastic Friday.

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  6. This looks so fresh, cool and delish!! Perfect for summer!

    Molli3

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    1. Thanks, Mollie! It is a refreshing side, that is for sure!

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  7. Tzatziki is one of my all time favorites! I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing with us at You Link it We Make It. We hope you'll come back and link up with us again! - Kim @ knockitoffkim.com

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    1. Thanks for the fun party! I always love seeing what you guys make!

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