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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Orzo Pasta Salad

Here is a quick and tasty pasta salad that I like to make and bring for my lunch. I usually just use what I have on hand. The black olives are easy enough to keep handy. I never like the pasta salads with vinegar, so I use lemon juice, which is another thing I always have. My lemons are in season now on my tree, and I will buy one every time I am at the store when they are not. I use a good tasting olive oil, I have a little market where I get my gas that has a really good Greek olive oil! In this one I added a little pumpkin seed oil, which is why it looks a little more green. I have been trying to use this oil in different dishes, still trying to figure out how is the best way to use it.

8 oz Orzo (rice shaped pasta) or any small shaped pasta
4 oz feta cheese
1/4 cup good olive oil
3 T lemon juice
1 tsp marjarom
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dill
fresh spinach leaves julienned
sliced ripe olives
toasted chopped walnuts (or any nuts of your choice)

Cook pasta according to the directions on the package, drain and cool. Transfer to a large bowl, add other ingredients and mix.
Of course you can add or omit what ever you like.