Mediterranean orzo salad

Mediterranean Orzo Salad Recipe

Mediterranean orzo salad

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

This Mediterranean orzo salad is a vibrant dish featuring orzo pasta tossed with red onion, cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and crumbled feta cheese, all dressed in a zesty blend of olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, and oregano. It's a refreshing and flavorful salad, perfect as a side dish or a light main course for any meal.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 3
Calories 260 kcal

Equipment

  • Medium Saucepan
  • Colander
  • Cutting Board and Knife
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Small Bowl
  • Whisk or Fork
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Serving Bowl

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Orzo pasta
  • 1/4 cup Red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Parsley, chopped

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup Frantoio Leccino Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook Orzo: Cook the orzo pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool it down.
  • Prepare Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, minced garlic, dried oregano, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  • Combine Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked and cooled orzo, chopped red onion, halved cherry tomatoes, sliced Kalamata olives, crumbled feta cheese, and chopped fresh parsley.
  • Add Dressing: Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients in the bowl.
  • Mix Well: Gently toss everything together until the orzo and vegetables are evenly coated with the dressing.
  • Chill and Serve: Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. Before serving, give it a gentle toss again and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  • Serve: Serve chilled or at room temperature as a delicious Mediterranean side dish or light main course.

Notes

  • You can customize this salad by adding other Mediterranean ingredients such as diced bell peppers, artichoke hearts, or cucumber (if desired).
  • This salad can be made ahead of time and stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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A Flavorful Odyssey: Mediterranean Orzo Salad and the Discovery of Frantoio Leccino Olive Oil

I fell in love with this Mediterranean orzo salad recipe from the moment I first tasted its vibrant flavors. The combination of tender orzo pasta, tangy Kalamata olives, juicy cherry tomatoes, and creamy feta cheese, all tossed in a herb-infused olive oil dressing, captivated my taste buds.

As I continued to perfect this dish, I discovered that the quality and flavor of the olive oil made a significant difference. I experimented with various olive oils to achieve the perfect balance of richness and freshness in the dressing. After trying several options, I found that Frantoio Leccino olive oil imparted a unique, robust flavor that beautifully complemented the Mediterranean ingredients.

Now, Frantoio Leccino has become my go-to olive oil for this recipe. Its peppery notes and fruity undertones enhance the salad’s overall taste, elevating each bite with a delightful complexity. Using this olive oil has not only enhanced the flavor of the salad but also deepened my appreciation for the art of ingredient selection in cooking.

This Mediterranean orzo salad, with its nuanced flavors and personal touch through the choice of Frantoio Leccino olive oil, has become a staple in my culinary repertoire—a dish I take pride in sharing with friends and family, knowing they will enjoy its deliciousness as much as I do.

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