Thursday, May 29, 2014

Greek Orzo Salad

Ok so this was seriously one of the best sides we have had with Sunday dinner in a while and we all just raved about it.  I was getting good pics of the pasta in the nice pasta bowl...all the colors were looking wonderfully bright and delicious.  I was basically just zoning out at dinner looking forward to doing this post because I loved the dish that much!

As I got to organizing my thoughts and editing the pictures it occurred to me that I didn't have a recipe.  Dad had made it but he is so diligent about keeping the recipes he uses so I didn't give is another thought, just knew ole dependable, reliable, wonderfully predictable Dad would have it waiting for me.

And then the air went out of my balloon with a big obnoxious farting noise as this is the response I got from Dad when I asked for the recipe:

I kind of combined recipes. Cooked the orzo in chicken broth as per directions. Added grape tomatoes, feta cheese black olives and whatever you think. Dressing was olive oil and lemon juice.

Ummmm.....Ok.....well how much of everything, Dad?

To taste. 


Righhhhhhht.

So friends, here it is.  As we all know...some of the best recipes come from throwing a whole bunch of ingredients in a bag and hoping for the best!

Greek Orzo Salad
1 package orzo
I container grape tomatoes
Feta cheese
Kalamata Olives, drained
green onions, sliced
Olive oil
lemon juice
salt and pepper

Cook the orzo according to the package directions. We substitute chicken broth for the water to give it a little more flavor.  Drain pasta and add remaining ingredients to taste.  I would start with the entire container of grape tomatoes, a handful of feta cheese, all the olives (but that is because I am obsesed with olives), all the green onions, and then about 3 turns of the olive oil around the bowl and about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.  As always salt and pepper to taste. 
Once you have mixed everything together let it sit for at least 30 minutes and then taste to see what flavors need to be adjusted.  This allows time for all of the ingredients to "marry" thus giving the true flavor of the dish.
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