EASY EATS: Mediterranean Orzo Salad

EASY EATS: Mediterranean Orzo Salad 

Posted: 12:43 pm Thursday, July 12th, 2018

By alexafilipe

For lunch today, my mom suggested that we make an Orzo pasta salad, and I was so pumped. I totally had forgotten how much I loved orzo! It’s small rice-like shape and size is perfect for kids, soups, and pasta salads. It’s so diverse and incredibly underrated.

This Mediterranean Orzo Salad requires a lot of ingredients, but is well worth it. You get a little bit of everything with this recipe: pasta, veggies, and beans. Despite all of the ingredients, it’s still quite affordable and very easy to make.


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 box of Orzo pasta
  • 3/4 red onion
  • Handful of grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1 can black olives
  • Spinach
  • Feta cheese
  • Oregano
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Sugar
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon

Orzo looks like rice, but is just a variety of short-cut pasta!

 

Grape, Roma, or cherry- use whichever tomatoes you prefer!

 

What to do:

  1. Begin by boiling your water for the orzo pasta.
  2. As the pasta is cooking, begin dicing all the other ingredients: cucumber, red onion, tomatoes.
  3. Open the cans of olives and garbanzo beans, and strain with a colander.
  4. Make a dressing for your salad using olive oil, vinegar, sugar and lemon. You’ll need about a Tbsp. of each, but adjust the flavors to your liking! Want it sweeter? Add more sugar! Want it more bitter? More lemon will do the trick.
  5. After approximately 15 minutes, the orzo should be all done. Remove from the stove-top and strain using a colander.
  6. In a large bowl, add your orzo and spinach. The spinach will begin to wilt as you mix it in with the hot pasta.
  7. Add the rest of your ingredients and toss in the dressing!
  8. Sprinkle on top with the feta and oregano.

The final results!

This recipe makes A LOT of pasta salad, even with only using half the box! But that’s okay because we can put it in some tupperware and save it for the week! The best part is that while in the container, all the flavors will begin to macerate and taste even better over time!

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far and is eating well! Thanks for reading!

-Alexa

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