Monday, April 27, 2009

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

This is a recipe I just throw together, and I have been making it for years.  I used to make this when I lived alone right after college all the time.  I like to say this is my dressed up version of ramen.  This is also another good recipe for cleaning out the fridge.

1 cup orzo ( I mixed half whole wheat and half regular)
2 overflowing handfuls of fresh spinach
1/2- 1 cup feta depending how much you want
8-10 chopped kalamatas
1 chopped roasted red pepper
8 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 lemon
1 T. olive oil

  1. Fill medium sauce pan halfway with water and boil. 
  2. Boil orzo until 1 minute before el dente.  
  3. Add spinach to boiling orzo and water, and cook for 1 minute or until wilted.
  4. Drain orzo and spinach in a colander.
  5. Transfer orzo and spinach to a large bowl, and add olive oil and lemon juice, stir to mix.
  6. Add olives, peppers, tomatoes, and feta to the mix.  
  7. Enjoy!

THE VERDICT: Always a winner, looks impressive, but it is so easy.  If you don't have a certain ingredient just substitute it or leave it out.  I used to eat this as a main entree, but now I serve it as a side dish to my meat lover husband.  It is also great cold the next day.


Joelen said...

I love this dish as I make a similar one too. So colorful and flavorful!