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colorful orzo pasta

a recipe by
Diane Audette
Naugatuck, CT

This is my own version of a family favorite Orzo salad recipe. It is very simple to make and takes very little time, making this the ideal dish to bring to a pot luck when you're stretched for time. I've made it twice for gatherings so far, and it was a hit both times. You can use any veggies you wish and adjust seasonings, dressing amounts to taste.

serves 10-12
prep time 20 Min
cook time 7 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For colorful orzo pasta

  • 1 lb
    cooked orzo, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 c
    each: diced red onions, peppers (yellow, red, green, orange); tomatoes, black olives. reserve a few whole olives, and diced peppers for garnish.
  • 1/4 c
    chopped scallions
  • 3/4 c
    crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 c
    extra virgin olive oil mixed with 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon basil paste 1/2 tsp cilantro paste
  • salt and pepper

How To Make colorful orzo pasta

  • 1
    In a large bowl, mix together the Orzo and feta cheese. Toss with some extra virgin olive oil for mixing.
  • 2
    Add the diced onions, peppers, tomatoes and olives, mixing well. Add the olive oil lemon juice mixture and toss pasta salad until everything is well blended.
  • 3
    Smooth the salad with a large spoon, then decorate edge of bowl with olives and peppers as shown, putting chopped scallions in the center. Chill until ready to serve.