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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Greek Orzo Pasta ~ Tailgating Time!

It's week #4 for our Tailgating Time! Come on and join the fun! We have lots of recipes and ideas for all you football fans! Even if we can't tailgate at the stadium we'll have fun right here, join us! Bring over your party dish, special chili or wings, salads, dips or pitcher filled with a punch!
I originally got the idea for this from a pasta salad I got from a deli area in a local health food store. All I had was a list of ingredients, but I liked it because it had lemon juice instead of vinegar. It was a really nice pasta salad so I added a few other ingredients and tweaked it a bit the way I liked it. I do make a similar salad using Quinoa I sometimes add tomatoes to that. So feel free to do the same thing add what you like.
It's nice for a light lunch or a side dish. The seasonings as always are adjustable to your liking, sometimes I will add a few more depending on my mood, but it is easy enough to work with.

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

1 C orzo (uncooked) cooked per package directions
1/4 C Greek Olive Oil (you don't have to use Greek olive oil, but you should try it. it's great).
2 T lemon juice (I didn't have a lemon on hand so I used limes, lemons better)
1 1/2 tsp marjoram (you can use oregano, but I have a lb of organic marjoram so I use it)
1/2 tsp mint (optional)
1 clove garlic minced (or granulated garlic)
1/2 cup spinach leaves chiffonade (cut in thin strips)
1 2.25oz can sliced black olives (or 2oz Greek olives, sliced)
4 oz Feta Cheese
sea salt and fresh ground pepper (to taste)

Set cooked orzo aside and let it cool some. In another bowl whisk olive oil, lemon juice and herbs. Toss with remaining ingredients, end with salt and pepper. Let cool in refrigerator for about 2 hours.
Quick, easy and tasty!

Tailgating Time will be posted every Sunday at noon and open all week until noon the following Saturday for you to add your football favorites. We'll play each and every week until Superbowl Sunday.
Can't wait to see what you bring!

Tailgating Time is brought to you by:
Martha at ~ Seaside Simplicity
Tamy at ~ 3 Sides of Crazy
Me here at ~ The Tiny Skillet