Greek Orzo Salad
When I came up with the idea for Greek Turkey Meatballs I was having a hard time thinking of a grain to pair with this. I then stumbled upon some different ideas and decided to make a Greek orzo type pasta salad, and I’m glad I did!
For starters, I have never made orzo before. The only time I have had it was once in college from a small grocery store’s salad bar. There was a lemon chickpea orzo salad with feta and it was AMAZING. After spending about 10 minutes trying to find orzo in the pasta and rice aisle of the grocery store, I had to break down and ask Google. I FINALLY found it mixed in with all of the dried boxed pasta. Here is a picture if you are even asking yourself “what the heck is orzo?!”
There was this 100% whole wheat variety along with the original 100% Semolina version.
I honestly did not even know how to cook this stuff at first! I started thinking I would cook it like rice but later learned this is cooked just like pasta. So I brought a pot of water to a boil and added the orzo to the water. I did turn the heat down to a simmer and let this cook for about 10 minutes and then drained off the water and allowed it to cool.
While the orzo is cooking, I would take that opportunity to chop up all of your veggies so you’re ready to go. I did allow the orzo to cool in a mixing bowl in the fridge for about 10 more minutes.
Once this is cooled, the rest is quick! Just add the veggies, spices, and feta and stir to combine. I plan on bringing this to a family BBQ this summer as a healthier pasta salad loaded with veggies!
And even though this is categorized as a side dish, doesn’t mean you couldn’t make this a main dish. Add some grilled chicken or shrimp! Or keep it vegetarian and add some chickpeas for your protein. The combinations are endless!