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Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Are you looking for a delicious vegetarian dish that is bursting with Mediterranean flavors? Look no further than this refreshing Mediterranean Orzo Salad. Packed with vibrant veggies, tangy feta cheese, and zesty herbs, this salad is a perfect addition to any meal or as a light and satisfying main course. Let's dive into the recipe and get ready to enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean!

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time Servings
15 mins 10 mins 25 mins 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orzo pasta (200g)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (150g)
  • 1 cucumber, diced (200g)
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced (60g)
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved (75g)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (75g)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped (15g)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped (15g)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (30ml)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (30ml)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. Cook the orzo pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool it down.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked orzo, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, parsley, and mint.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and lemon juice. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the seasoning if needed.
  5. Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  6. Serve chilled and enjoy!

Serving Suggestions

This Mediterranean Orzo Salad is incredibly versatile and pairs well with a variety of dishes. Here are a few serving suggestions:

  • Serve it as a side dish with grilled chicken or fish.
  • Enjoy it as a light lunch or dinner on its own.
  • Bring it to picnics, potlucks, or barbecues for a refreshing and colorful addition.
  • Serve it alongside other Mediterranean-inspired dishes like hummus, tzatziki, and falafel.

Whether you're a vegetarian or simply looking to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet, this Mediterranean Orzo Salad is a fantastic choice. It's vibrant, flavorful, and easy to make. Give it a try and transport yourself to the sunny shores of the Mediterranean!

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