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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.


  1. I think this going to be perfect for my after new year diet! haha... It's such a healthy and hearty kind of meal. I think I'm going to get busy starting tomorrow. I'm celebrating the Chinese New Year on the 14th February! And I've got some steam goodies need to be done in a minute. So, see ya!

  2. This dish is a texture heaven! So healthy too!

  3. This looks healthy and delicious! Love that you added edamame and walnuts.

  4. I love the use of salty olives in this recipe. Lemon trees? I'm so jealous! Thanks for sharing.

  5. c est une bonne salade j adore les pâtes je note
    bonne soiree

  6. Colorful..I can't agree with you more on vinegar..I replace it with lemon juice wherever possible too :-)pumpkin seed oil sounds interesting, never tried it before

  7. Kristy - You are funny! I have seen all those baked goods you've been posting! Have a nice weekend and Happy Chinese New Year!

    3HT, Rachana Kothari, TKW this kind of healthy is fun, especially when you can add different textures and a few things you really like.

    Tammy - Thanks...or you're welcome. My lemon tree isn't doing as well this year as it usually does. We are having an unusually cold winter for Florida. The olives do add a nice touch!

    Fimère - thank you!

    Gulmohar - The pumpkin seed oil is from Austria, I guess they use it in many things. It's supposed to be very good for you too. It has a very deep, rich color, and a good flavor.

  8. Oui, c'est une bonne salad! Yes, I agree :) Lots of great recipes here on your blog. Great pictures too. Thank you for visiting my blog today.

  9. Lyndsey this look abslutely yummy, my tipe of salad; je,je, Have a happ y amd nice day tomorrow, gloria

  10. I cooked orzo only once - I did not enjoy it, but your recipe makes me want to try again!

  11. love this great lunch

    happy valentines love Rebecca

  12. I love orzo salads!!I have a recipe that is a staple at my parties! That looks delicious!

  13. I like lemon on my pasta salads too. Looks great...and love the added nuts, edamame and black olives. I often add black olives to mine, but never thought of nuts. Great light and healthy salad for lunch!


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