greek pasta salad

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By Club Recipes
from The Villages, FL

Served at our Feb 18th Curious Cuisiners meeting by Marilyn Kozora

serves 8-10
prep time 4 Hr
cook time 10 Min
method Broil

Ingredients For greek pasta salad

  • 1 1/2 c
    pasta (orzo)
  • 1
    cucumber, chopped
  • 1
    red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can
    black olives or kalamata
  • 1 c
    grape tomatoes
  • 2/3 c
    feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 can
    freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 c
    white vinegar
  • 2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp
    black pepper
  • 4 clove
    garlic, smashed
  • 1 c
    canola oil
  • 1/2 c
    feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3/4 Tbsp
    italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp
    dried oregano
  • cooked chicken, lamb or flank steak
  • romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1/4 c
    fresh basil
  • handful whole pepperoncini's

How To Make greek pasta salad

  • 1
    If you want to add chicken to your salad, marinate chicken in 1/2 cup of dressing for at least 4 hrs, preferably longer. When done marinating, grill chicken over medium high heat for 7 minutes on each side. Allow to stand 5-10 minutes before chopping into bite size pieces.
  • 2
    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When boiling add pasta and cook al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • 3
    In a large bowl, combine the cucumber, onion, bell pepper, olive, tomatoes and feta cheese. Add the chicken and toss to combine. Add the cooked pasta and 1 cup of the greek salad dressing and toss to distribute evenly. Chill for at least 4 hrs before serving.
  • 4
    For Dressing: In the blender jar, combine all the dressing ingredients though the garlic. Blend until smooth. While blender is running, add the oil in a steady stream. Turn off the blender and add the feta and pulse the blender a few times. More if you want a creamier consistency. whisk in the herbs. If possible refrigerate for at least and hour before serving. Use marinade for chicken, lamb, or flank steak or drizzle over greek salad.

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