Italian Orzo Salad

Summer… A time to relax, enjoy the sun and enjoy the outdoors.
A time to create memories watching beautiful sunsets while you sip on iced tea or wine and enjoy a barbecue with friends and family.

And if you love to entertain but also like to keep it healthy and simple…
Here’s our featured  pasta salad recipe from @foodbyjonister

A perfect and yummy recipe to kick-off the Summer!

Recipe and Photography by: Joni Gomes

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Italian Orzo Salad

Ingredients

• 1 cup Orzo
• 14 ounce can Organic Chickpeas
• 0.3 cup, sliced Sicilian Pitted Olives
• 0.25 cup, chopped Marinated Artichokes
• 0.25 cup, chopped Roasted Red Peppers
• 0.5 cup, chopped Cucumber
• 0.5 cup, chopped Cherry Tomatoes
• 0.25 cup, chopped Red Onion
• 4 Tablespoons Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oi
• 2 Tablespoons Caprese Basil Vinegar Glaze
• 1 Lemon • 5 Fresh Basil Leaves
• 2 Tablespoons, chopped
• Italian Parsley
• 0.25 cup, crumbled Feta Cheese

COOK THE ORZO
Fill up a pot with water about 3/4 of the way full then bring it to a boil. Once at a rolling
boil, slowly add in the orzo to the water and stir for a few seconds. Set a timer for 3 minutes, then stir and check if the orzo is done. It will take 3-4 minutes for the orzo to be cooked.

After the orzo is fully cooked, drain the pasta, give it a quick rinse and move it to your salad bowl or platter to cool.

PREP THE VEGETABLES
Slice your olives, chop your artichokes and roasted red bell pepper and add them to the orzo. Next, wash and chop the cucumber and cherry tomatoes. Peel and finely chop the red onion. Wash and finely chop the parsley and wash and rip up the basil leaves. Add everything to the orzo and add crumbled feta as well. Toss your salad then make the dressing.

MAKE THE DRESSING
In a bowl, combine the juice of 1 lemon and the olive oil then drizzle it over the salad. Lastly, add a generous drizzle of the caprese basil vinegar glaze and serve!
If you are making this salad ahead of time and plan to bring it to a party hold off on adding the dressing until you are ready to serve it.


About Joni Gomes
@foodbyjonister 

Joni is a food blogger that creates healthy and easy recipes. She grew up in Germany and has been living in the U.S. for 12 years.
She currently lives in Miami, FL and loves every minute of it!

You can follow Joni and see her wonderful recipes
on Instagram and Twitter @foodbyjonister 

To learn more about Joni and try some of her
delicious and healthy recipes go to: https://foodbyjonister.com

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