Mediterranean Orzo Salad

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This Mediterranean Orzo Salad is the perfect addition to your meal. Whether with grilled meat or seafood, you’ll love the flavors and how easy it is.

This Mediterranean Orzo Salad is the perfect addition to your meal. Whether with grilled meat or seafood, you'll love the flavors and how easy it is.

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Grilling season is quickly approaching and with it comes all the warmer weather dishes!  I personally cannot wait for the abundance of spring and summer dishes that I just don’t prepare during the winter.  Don’t think I’ve ever made pasta salad or fruit salad in the winter, the freshness of fruits and veggies just isn’t the same.

So with this great change in the weather, I started thinking about dishes that I haven’t prepared all winter.  This Mediterranean Orzo Salad is one of them, we just love it so I just had to make it as soon as we started thawing out.

This recipe originally comes from an older cookbook that I got in a huge bag of books at our local library book sale. It was a great find as were the other 50 some books I crammed into a brown grocery bag for $3…total score.  Anyway the cookbook is called Quick Fixes from Brand Name Mixes, this is the only recipe I’ve ever made from it, and of course, I changed it up because, well…we’re fussy around here.

This Mediterranean Orzo Salad is the perfect addition to your meal. Whether with grilled meat or seafood, you'll love the flavors and how easy it is.

Back to this dish, and our fussy eaters (just love them, but UGH). You can certainly add in other ingredients, such as grape tomatoes, cucumber, even grilled chicken, so versatile.  I went with what I know my family will eat, and we love it. Hope you will too.

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You may be wondering, what is orzo?

Orzo is a form of short-cut pasta, shaped like a large grain of rice. It can be used in soups, salads, with sauces or even in baked dishes.

How do you cook Orzo?

Simply by adding to boiling water. It only takes about 10 minutes in boiling water.

Yield: 6 servings

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Orzo Pasta
  • 1 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese
  • 1 2.25 oz. can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1/2 t dried basil

Dressing:

  • 1 1oz. pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 3 T red wine vinegar
  • 2 T water

Instructions

  1. Cook orzo pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water and drain thoroughly.
  2. While pasta is cooking prepare dressing. In small bowl whisk together, ranch dressing mix, olive oil, vinegar and water.
  3. After pasta has been drained and cooled, mix all ingredients together. Chill at least 2 hours prior to serving.

This Mediterranean Orzo Salad is the perfect addition to your meal. Whether with grilled meat or seafood, you'll love the flavors and how easy it is.

Comments

  1. This salad looks light, refreshing and filling. Gotta love springtime and the welcome change it brings to the food we eat.

  2. This looks AMAZING!! I heart this salad! Get one like it from the deli a lot! So refreshing!

  3. Chari Campbell says

    This is absolutely delicious! So glad I happened upon this recipe! 5 stars!

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