Sunday, July 12, 2015

Greek Orzo Summer Salad



Greek Orzo Summer Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner

Your #12bloggers are back today with this month's recipes - Summer Salads!  I pretty much live on salads this time of year.  There are so many fresh veggies and fruits to choose from; don't you agree?  Most of the ingredients in my Greek Orzo Summer Salad can be found in your own garden or the local farmer's market.  Grab your basket and get what you need!  Keep reading to see what the other gals have made - I think you will find something new to enjoy.


I love Greek inspired recipes and this salad has one of my favorite pastas, orzo, and a homemade lemon vinaigrette dressing.  It is so light and perfect to take along on a picnic (ants not invited!)  Serving suggestions are in individual jars (like above) and shake/stir to combine or make it in a big bowl.  Either way this salad keeps for days. 

Greek Orzo Summer Salad

by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Yield 4-6 servings
Ingredients
    Salad
    • 2 cups cooked orzo pasta, rinsed, cooled and tossed with a bit of olive oil
    • 4 tablespoons minced red onion
    • 2 cups diced fresh spinach (no stems)
    • 1 cup cherry tomatoes cut into fourths
    • 2/3 cup diced cucumber
    • 1 cup feta cheese cut into small cubes
    • 1/2 cup sliced kalamata olives
    • Fresh dill
    Dressing
    • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 5 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    Instructions
    1. Combine the orzo, red onion, spinach, tomato, cucumber, olives and some chopped fresh dill (to taste) in a large bowl and toss to combine
    2. Make dressing by whisking together lemon juice, S&P, olive oil and honey
    3. Pour over salad and mix
    4. Gently stir in feta cheese
    5. Good at room temperature or refrigerate until needed
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    Greek Orzo Summer Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner

    Now onto to the other recipes!!!


     Ultimate Green Salad from Betsylife
     Summer Fruit Salad with Cinnamon Honey Syrup from Home Cooking Memories
     Greek Salad from Cooking on the Front Burners
     BBQ Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad from Love Bakes Good Cakes
     Southwestern Pasta Salad from A Million Moments
     Apple Chicken and Feta Salad from Bread, Booze, Bacon
     Tortellini Pasta Salad from A Night Owl Blog
     Easy Cucumber & Onion Salad from Pink Cake Plate
     Easy Chicken Salad from {i love} My Disorganized Life
     Monkey Salad from See Vanessa Craft
     Tex Mex Taco Salad from Around My Family Table 

    See you on August 12th!

    17 comments:

    1. Salads are perfect this time of year, and anything with lemon makes it even better!!

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    2. I want this so bad right now! It looks refreshing, easy, and the perfect healthy salad!

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    3. I've only made orzo once, but loved it! Can't wait to try it in this Greek salad- it looks amazing, Deb!

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    4. Greek orzo pasta salad is one of my staples! This looks amazing, Deb, and I love that you made it portable in that cute jar!

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    5. This is gorgeous! Want this right now!

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    6. How adorable is this salad? Love the flavors you've combined - sounds delicious!

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    7. This is soo pretty, almost looks to pretty to eat! But I would take one for the team and eat it anyways ;)

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    8. The perfect picnic dish! I love orzo and the flavors here are great!

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    9. What a fun creative presentation. Perfect for summer - thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    10. This salad is gorgeous, Deb! Love the flavors and the adorable jars! It's the perfect summer salad!

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    11. Oh my...you had me at Greek. This looks SO good!

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    12. This sounds so FRESH! I love salads, especially in summer. It will be all for me because I have only men in the house!

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    13. I love these flavors, Deb! The jar makes a fun presentation! :)

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    14. Orzo is the BEST type of pasta salad! Love these fabulous jar salads!

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    15. This sounds just like what I'm having for lunch tomorrow ;) it's looks delicious! can't wait to try it!

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    16. Greek salad is one of my faves...I love your addition of orzo! And it looks just darling in the glass jar...who knew salad could be cute :)

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