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Orzo Salad

Orzo Salad

Total Time:

40mins

Prep:

30mins

Cook:

10mins

Skill Level:

Medium

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Orzo Pasta
  • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 small Red Onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Yellow Pepper, seeds removed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup Pitted Kalamata Olives
  • 1/2 cup Dill, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup Parsley, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 Shallot, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 2/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Pistachios
  • 1/2 cup Feta Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Smoked Paprika
  • 3 mini Cucumbers
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar

How to Make It

1.

Cook orzo according to instructions on the package. Then cool briefly. While orzo is cooking, cut cucumbers in half then slice them diagonally. Toss with salt and sugar, cover and let sit for 30 minutes.

2.

In a large mixing bowl combine tomatoes, red onions, peppers, olives, parsley and dill. Add the orzo pasta. Cover and make dressing.

3.

To make the dressing put chopped shallots, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, honey, and Dijon in a food processor, then slowly drizzle in the olive oil until combined and smooth. Add pistachios and pulse until pistachios are chopped.

4.

To make the whipped feta combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until very smooth.

5.

To assemble the salad, pour dressing over orzo and mix well until all the orzo is coated with dressing. Top with dollops of whipped feta and garnish with dill and dust with smoked paprika.

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