Easy Summer Feta & Orzo Salad

 

IMG_1573Happy Monday!

Man-I am a carb queen & 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 but, regardless this time I really was itching to make Summer Feta Orzo Salad. There are so many ways to use this little pasta in food but, my favorite is a cold salad. You honestly probably have some kind of veggies in the fridge this can be done with. The sun was blasting into the house & the sweet birds were singing with all my windows open I thought about a favorite dressing I made sometime ago & it all sort of came together in my mind. I wanted a Greek-ish version but, I didn’t want olives and such so I kept it fresh & simple & pretty healthy actually. I love being able to just throw things together without a bunch of steps especially when I am making something for a potluck or a cook out with friends or family.

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!

Some basics:

  • 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 Summer Feta & Orzo Salad

Easy Summer 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.

The dressing is my favorite part and it’s so very easy to bring together!

summer feta orzo salad

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!

summer feta orzo salad

 

all my love,

Jennifer

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