This is a more exciting spin on a side dish I had at a restaurant once. I eat this for lunch all by itself! If you're serving this to a group of people, since everyone likes their salad a little differently, I suggest having a small bowl of crumbled Feta, some lemon juice, and a small bowl of chopped Kalamata olives. That way everyone can change it up and customize it!
- -Put a large pot on to boil. Once it reaches a boil, salt the water generously.
- -While you're waiting for the water to boil; chop your vegetables and parsley, crumble your Feta (unless you bought it pre-crumbled, I do), and juice your lemons. (You could also do this beforehand but I'm a huge multitasker).
- -Boil the orzo for 5-7 minutes, make sure to pay attention to it's doneness because if you overcook it the salad won't have the correct texture.
- -Once the orzo is soft all the way through, shock it in ice-water, drain and put in a large mixing bowl.
- -Add the extra virgin olive oil and immediately stir it in well so the orzo doesn't stick to itself.
- -Add all of the vegetables, feta cheese, lemon juice (sparingly at first, make sure you don't make it too lemony; you can add more later!), parsley and a dash or salt and pepper. Stir well to combine everything evenly.
- -Put the salad into a sealable container or cover the top of your bowl with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator and let sit for at least an hour!
- -This should stay good for 3-5 days! Enjoy!
Very good! It needed no alterations.
This made a delicious side with Easy Lightly Fried Fish - Thyme and Spices - Mediterranean. I did reduce the amount of olives but stayed pretty true to the recipe after that. I made it a couple of hours before serving and allowed it to chill and the flavors blend. Made for *PAC Spring 2009*