Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Orzo & Cucumber Pasta Salad...

I had this salad at my sister-in-laws the other night and it was delicious! Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me, so there isn't a picture of it, but it was so yummy I thought I should include it on the blog. You must use fresh ingredients when making this- fresh lemons and fresh herbs- it is wonderful, a real crowd pleaser!

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3/4 lb. orzo pasta
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/8 cup olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped scallions
1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 hothouse cucumber, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup small diced red onion
3/4 cup feta cheese
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Bring a pot of water to boil, cook the orzo pasta for 9-11 minutes, or until done. Whisk together olive oil, salt and pepper. With pasta in a bowl, pour the lemon mixture over top and mix. Add your dill, parsley, scallions, cucumber and onion and toss. Add your feta crumbles last and gently stir. Cover and refrigerate over night or let it sit at room temperature before serving for one hour. Taste before serving and add extra salt and pepper if it's needed.
* You can throw a handful of cherry tomatoes in as well. And the original recipe called for cooked shrimp tossed in too, as a main dish, I liked it without, but feel free to try that option too! Here's a picture of it with shrimp from the Food Network so you can get an idea of what it's like!

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