Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Main Dishes | July 15, 2014 | By

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This past weekend was my friend Ana’s birthday. Cathy and I actually made her this beautiful vanilla cake with mascarpone buttercream icing and strawberries….but unfortunately we ran into a few disasters in the process and ended up not having enough time to take pictures. Guess we’ll have to make it again! What I did have time to take pictures of was the Mediterranean Orzo Salad I brought. This salad is my go-to potluck dish because 1) it’s a crowd pleaser 2) it’s super easy to make and 3) I love Mediterranean flavors.

Most people would make such a dish with feta, however despite loving all cheeses, feta certainly isn’t my favorite. I decided goat cheese is Mediterranean enough, and it really turned out well. Kalamata olives and goat cheese both have very strong flavors, but are well-complimented by the more subtle basil leaves and sundried tomatoes for a perfect flavor blast in every bite. It was definitely a hit at the party- so much so that those who had a few beverages were digging in with spoons by the end of the day. It was the perfect side dish for a perfect Los Angeles day at the pool. I heart summertime.

Bon Appetit!

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Mediterranean Orzo Salad

1 Package Orzo Pasta (16 oz)

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Jar of Kalamata Olives (10 oz)

1 Package Sun Dried Tomatoes (3 oz)

1/2 Red Onion

15 Large Basil Leaves

1 Package Crumbled Goat Cheese (3.5 Oz)

Directions:

Chop the ingredients: Dry the kalamata olives with a paper towel and cut them in half. Chop red onion into small pieces. Rinse and chop basil leaves. Set all of these aside.

Cook the orzo pasta according to the directions on the packaging. As soon as the orzo is done, drain and mix in the olive oil to prevent orzo from sticking. Let cool until room temperature. Mix in olives, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, basil, and goat cheese. Serve chilled.

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      Hailey
      July 15, 2014

      The pasta is orzo, it’s kind of like an Italian rice-pasta, it’s delicious! And the fresh basil really makes the salad refreshing, great for summer :)

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    Ngan R.
    July 15, 2014

    Ladies, gorgeous photos, especially that first one! I like salads like these, and often make it into a huge bowl as a meal.

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      Hailey
      July 15, 2014

      Thanks Ngan, you’re too sweet! I definitely ate the leftovers I had after my friends birthday for my next few lunches!

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