Orzo Mediterranean Salad
I have been on a mediterranean kick lately and I'm honestly loving it. I love simple and fresh ingredient dishes like this orzo mediterranean salad for the summer. It's perfect to make ahead for lunch or even a light dinner. Also would be great for a bbq. You can add any veggies to it you like, I kept it simple and used all the basic ingredients in a greek salad. Also I left the amount of feta cheese you want on there upto, because I'm not going to tell you how to live your life.😜 IF you really want to make this really healthy then substitute the orzo with quinoa or barley!
When we visited Greece the thing I loved most about their food was how fresh it was, every meal felt hearty but light. I try to make lots of dishes inspired from that trip in the summer. I mean lets be honest who wants to be next to a stove for hours in the summer, not this girl for sure! I hope you guys enjoy this, please share and tag @zheelicious whenever you make it. I love seeing your feedback, and makes me feel like my hard work is being paid off 🤗
Stay happy, Stay hungry!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Serving size: 4 people
1 cup uncooked orzo
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cucumber, deseeded and diced
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 pepper (any color), diced
1/4 cup kalamata olives (optional)
Crumbled feta cheese (optional)
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (good quality)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp oregano, dried
1 tsp parsley, dried
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp red crush prepper
1 tsp agave or honey
1 tbsp fresh dill (you can use dry as well)
salt to taste
pepper to taste
Cook the orzo according to pacaked directions, once drained add in a bowl and drizzle a little bit of olive oil to prevent it from sticking.
In a blender mix all the ingredients for the lemon vinaigrette, blend until everything is incorporated.
Add all the chopped veggies to the orzo. Drizzle the vinaigrette on top and mix well.
Top with feta cheese. Serve it warm or cold!