Greek Orzo Salad

Whole wheat orzo salad is a great way to enjoy a light pasta and veggie dish that is perfect for a cookout or party. Served cold, this dish combines delicious Greek flavors with fresh, seasonal produce. Filled with fiber, whole wheat orzo is a filling and healthy way to enjoy pasta salad. This recipe makes 4 servings and actually tastes best if you leave it in the fridge for a bit before eating. Serve topped with feta or grilled shrimp or chicken.

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8oz whole wheat orzo
1/2 english cucumber, sliced into 1/2″ chunks
5-6 artichoke hearts, rinsed and sliced (canned, frozen or fresh)
4 tbsp capers
1 cup plum tomatoes, sliced in half
2 scallions, rinsed and sliced thinly
2 tbsp fresh oregano, washed and chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp cumin
optional: feta cheese

Step by Step Instructions:

1. Cook orzo according to package instructions, rise with cold water and set aside

2. Mix cucumbers, artichoke hearts, capers, scallions, tomatoes, and oregano in a bowl

3. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, lemon, garlic and cumin

4. Toss veggies with orzo and dressing thoroughly

5. Serve with feta cheese


11 Responses to Greek Orzo Salad

  1. Magic of Spice July 11, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    Great salad, especially for our warmer weather :)

  2. Christine's Pantry July 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    Great salad. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Patty July 12, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    Looks amazingly delicious! Must try!

  4. S.V. July 12, 2011 at 12:30 am #

    Looks fantastic!

  5. Ann July 12, 2011 at 2:48 am #

    Fabulous! I love greek salad ingredients – this is a great way you've re-made it!

  6. Lilly July 12, 2011 at 8:02 am #

    I just food orzo at my supermarket. Can't wait to try this salad….seems like it's very light and summery.

  7. Peggy July 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    What a delicious pasta salad! Can't wait to try this one – a cold salad is just what we need for this hot, hot weather!

  8. Kelly July 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    This salad looks great! Perfect summer recipe! :)

  9. Juanita July 13, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    Great use of artichokes and cumin. I totally wouldn't make the feta optional though…best cheese EVER! :-)

  10. icancookthat July 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    This is a perfect side for a barbecue. I love Greek orzo salads, and yours is beautiful!

  11. The Mom Chef July 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    I've only just discovered orzo and am loving this recipe. The cumin is definitely the surprise ingredient that will keep people coming back to the bowl. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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