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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Orzo Salad Yumminess

My mother-in-law Pat made a super yummy orzo salad for us on the Cape last week. It was simple and oh-so-tasty. A definite keeper of a recipe and perfect for summertime!

Pat said normally the feta is all mixed in, unlike what you see in the photo. But a certain brother-in-law of mine doesn’t like feta (what the what?!?!), so we sprinkled it on top so Cuyler could pick it out easily. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, Pat’s a good mother-in-law.

Happy Orzo salading!

Orzo Salad Yumminess
Adapted by Pat Maynard from a recipe from Jean Harford of Gregg Lake
  • 8 ounces orzo, cooked and drained well
  • 1 small red pepper chopped
  • shaved carrots
  • parsley (and dill if desired)
  • 2-3 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 cup black beans or chick peas, rinsed and well drained
  • 1 small can sweet corn, drained
  • ground black pepper
  • 8 โ€“ 10 sun dried tomatoes in oil, chopped or sliced
  • ¼ cup feta, crumbled
  • ⅓-1/2 cup Greek salad dressing (Kenโ€™s Steakhouse and Newmanโ€™s Own are great)
  1. Mix orzo with dressing once it has cooled a bit, breaking up any clumps. Refrigerate while you put together the other ingredients. Combine with orzo and refrigerate to combine flavors. Can adjust by taking away any of the above ingredients and adding others such as grape tomatoes, shrimp, cucumber,green onion or black olives.



  1. 1

    Just came home with a box o Orzo yesterday, today I was going to search for Orzo Salad recipes. I think my search is over……this sounds delish. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 2
    Nikki CB

    This looks delicious! And the feta on top makes for a lovely photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. orzo salads are always so yummy! they feel so much fancier than other pastas for pasta salad i think. this looks like a fabulous version. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 4
    Jessica Hansen

    So I was there for this one and I think I may recall vaguely going for thirds, but I’m not completely sure. . .

  5. 5
    Angie Marr

    I’ve made a similar Greek Feta Pilaf with rice – but I can’t wait to try this orzo version!! Yum!

  6. 6

    Oh man, I can’t imagine living a life without feta! I hope he comes around some day! This looks fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 7

    So I made this tonight with chicken skewered after marinating in same dressing and OMG was it delicious. I also served with some TJs tzatziki sauce on top of chicken. Tell Pat she is a saint. I’m smitten!!!

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