Easy Feta & Orzo Salad

 

 Feta Orzo Salad

Summer Feta & Orzo Salad is going to be your newest go to recipe when you need to feed a large group. It’s also the perfect dish if you crave something cold that you can pack for a pic-nic. It’s a filling dish and I must say it’s healthy.  I am a carb queen y’all & wish that I wasn’t. It’s not the best for consuming in large quantities but, I tend to crave them. I guess that’s a whole other issue, huh?

I really was itching to make something super yummy with this feta cheese I had in the fridge. Also, I have a massive bag of Orzo so ta-da I bring you: Summer Feta Orzo Salad. There are so many ways to use this little pasta in food. My favorite is a cold salad. You honestly probably have some kind of veggies in the fridge this can be done with. It would work with squash or zucchini for sure and I always seem to have those laying around.

When I made this Summer Feta Orzo Salad the sun was blasting into the house & the sweet birds were singing with all my windows open. That sunshine reminded me of this dressing and that is actually how I ended up making this happen! I thought about that dressing I made sometime ago & it all sort of came together. I wanted a Greek-ish version but, I didn’t want olives and such so I kept it fresh & simple. While I love a planned out intense recipe I also love being able to just throw things together without a bunch of steps- especially in the Summer or  when I am making something for a potluck or a cook out with friends or family.

The dressing is almost really the star y’all. It’s also super easy to throw together and I will often make a small jar of it and use it all week on lunch salads.

Feta Orzo Salad

This Summer Feta Orzo Salad is just that; Perfect for gatherings and simple but, so yummy that you want to just eat it right out of the bowl! I hope you’ll make it and start thinking about how many times you can think to make it this Summer. It would also be great for a baby shower or church potluck! This is filling enough to eat as a lunch and also lovely enough to make as a side to a grilled chicken.

FYI & What not:

  • You can easily 1/2 this recipe because this makes a Lot.
  • I make the dressing the day before to let it have time to marry but, it’s totally fine to make & use immediately.
  • Dress the salad right before serving for maximum dressing to pasta ratio
  • Feel free to add or take away anything. I think these are all wonderful but, do what works for you.
  • Lay out everything and get it ready for mixing  because thats the only annoying part of this- organization is great in the kitchen!

Easy Feta & Orzo Salad

Easy Feta & Orzo Salad

Ingredients

  • Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • For the Pasta Salad:
  • 5 cups cooked orzo pasta (2.5 cups of dry orzo)
  • 2 cups de-seeded and coarsely chopped Cucumbers (Peeled if you prefer)
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes or any other tomato you want to dice up
  • 1 heaping cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced purple onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 can of chick peas rinsed & drained
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Salad Dressing
  2. I like to make my salad dressings in a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid. If you don’t have a jar, you can also vigorously whisk the mixture in a large bowl.
  3. In a medium mason jar combine lemon juice, olive oil, shallots, mustard, honey, salt & pepper. Make sure your lid is on tight and shake vigorously until emulsified. Taste and season with more mustard/honey/lemon/seasonings as you prefer. I added a few small red onions also to relax the onion flavor in the salad. Put it aside in the fridge.
  4. Salad In a large bowl toss together orzo pasta, cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese, chick peas,onion, and fresh basil.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Just before serving, drizzle in the dressing and mix slightly to combine.
  7. Taste and season accordingly. Serve immediately.

 

 

I hope you make this Summer Feta Orzo Salad & I hope you think of some creative ways to make it yours and tell me all about it! Have a wonderful week my friends!

Feta Orzo Salad

 

all my love,

Jennifer

 

feta orzo salad

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