October 07, 2010

Orzo with feta and olives

We are variety seekers when it comes to food.  Orzo was a pleasant discovery two years back surfing the aisles in a superstore. Its is a rice shaped pasta with varied uses. 

  • 1/2 lb Orzo pasta
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • 6 oz Pitted kalamata or black olives,halfed
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 4 oz Feta cheese, crumbled
     For the lemon vinaigrette:
  • 1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • a clove of garlic , grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
To start , boil loads of water with salt . Add the orzo and cook till al dente. 

In the meantime, dice and slice all the vegatables for the salad and place in a salad bowl.

For the vinaigrette- pour the oil in a mixing bowl, add grated garlic , salt and pepper. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon, add and whisk . The lemon juice helps in emulsification.

Once the  pasta is done , strain and rinse it quickly under normal water. Let it strain again . Now add the warm pasta to the diced vegetables in the salad bowl . Pour the vinaigrette over and mix lightly. Crumble feta over the salad . Toss.

Serve when the pasta is still warm or otherwise at room temperature.

You'll simply love it for dinner lunch or brunch !!


  1. hi shruti
    first time to ur blog ...u r having a beautiful space here with yummy recipes ...this orzo looks delicious ,healthy n delicious salad ..must try it..glad to visit u ..
    if u get time do visit my blog


  2. thanks satya. loved ur phulka recipe , even the bread swirls look so versatile..


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