Summertime Orzo Salad

Summer is on the horizon, and that means it's time to add fresh and healthy recipes into the rotation. It makes a perfect side dish, but it's so tasty that you might just want to make a meal out of it!
Servings 6
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 38 mins

Ingredients
  

For the Orzo Salad

  • 1 recipe Italian Herb Salad Dressing (find the recipe below)
  • 1-1/2 cup Orzo pasta
  • 1 tbsp Red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp ReaLemon 100% Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Member's Mark™ Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Member's Mark™ Sea Salt
  • 2 Persian cucumbers, halved vertically, and sliced ¼-inch thick
  • 2 cups Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 oz Crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup Red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1 cup Fresh basil, chopped
  • Member's Mark™ Whole Black Pepper Grinder, as desired

Italian Salad Dressing

  • 1/2 cup Bertolli® Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Member’s Mark Pure Clover Honey
  • 1/4 cup White wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp Member’s Mark Italian Herb Seasoning Grinder
  • 2 tbsp Fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • Member’s Mark Black Peppercorn Grinder, to taste

Instructions
 

For the Italian Dressing

  • Add all ingredients to a medium bowl.  Whisk together, then set aside.

For the Orzo Salad

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Prepare the pasta according to the package directions, or until slightly past al dente. Drain the orzo and toss it with a little olive oil, so that it doesn’t stick together. Let cool.
  • In a small bowl, prepare the Italian Salad Dressing and whisk in the red wine vinegar, lemon juice, Member's Mark™ Oregano, and Member's Mark™ Sea salt.
  • In a large bowl, toss together the cooked orzo, cucumbers, tomatoes, chickpeas, feta, red onion, and olives. Drizzle the dressing over the salad, add half the herbs, season with freshly Member's Mark™ Ground Black Pepper, and toss to coat. Garnish with the remaining herbs and serve.
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy, italian, orzo, salad, summer, vegetarian, veggie
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