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orzo salad with pine nuts and feta

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Redding, CA

This salad couldn't be easier but packed full of flavor with just a few ingredients. My 15 year old daughter requests (demands? begs? holds her breath til she turns blue?) this salad on a weekly basis she loves it that much. I love it as well but luckily it is easily doubled or I would NEVER GET ANY! We like it on its own for a light meat - especially during this time of year - but it is wonderful paired with some grilled shrimp and a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio ( for me, not her). I was going to make it today, but I have no feta. I MUST make it tomorrow so I will post a photo then.

★★★★★ 1
serves 6-8
prep time 15 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For orzo salad with pine nuts and feta

  • 1 lb
    orzo pasta
  • 5 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 1/2 c
    olive oil
  • 1/2 - 3/4 c
    pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 1/2 c
    feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 c
    chives, minced
  • 1/4 c
    italian parsley, chopped
  • 3/4 c
    kalamata (greek) olives, chopped

How To Make orzo salad with pine nuts and feta

  • 1
    Cook orzo in boiling, salted water 7-8 minutes until al dente. While pasta is cooking, gather the rest of your ingredients.
  • 2
    Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Set aside. When pasta is done, drain well.
  • 3
    Chop the chives and parsley. Crumble the feta (unless it already is crumbled).
  • 4
    Dump the cooked orzo into a bowl (I like to use a pretty crystal one for this salad, I don't know why). Add the rest of the ingredients to the orzo. Add the dressing and toss everything together. Chill. Eat. Enjoy!
  • 5
    I make an extra batch of dressing to keep on hand if the orzo soaks up too much or dries out a bit while in the fridge. This is not only is a very pretty dish.