Greek food holds a special place in my heart. Fun Fact: I studied abroad in Greece. Even better, the class I took in Greece was called "Food and Culture". I was fortunate enough to have a full immersive experience into all things Greek food. So I feel like I have some great knowledge to share! I would love to share some of the experiences I had during my study abroad. After all, my mission is to inspire you to play with cultural cuisine, through both food facts and recipes! I definitely learned a TON about Greek food that semester!
Today's recipe brings in all the traditional ingredients that would be used in a Greek salad, plus a few extra surprises. Of course, it uses my best selling salt-free sugar-free Greek spice blend in the dressing. This recipe makes a ton of food! Which makes it the perfect meal prep dish to pair with some greek chicken or shrimp! It also requires minimal cooking, making it an easy last-minute option to bring to a party or pot luck. Personally, I don't think you can go wrong with serving Greek food. It's generally easy to make and loaded with bright, fresh ingredients! What's not to love?!
Greek Orzo Pasta Salad
Makes 12 servings
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 of a red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
32 oz reduced sodium chicken broth
16 oz orzo, dry
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp Nourished Roots Tri-Salt Blend
1 15-oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
8 oz feta cheese
1 cucumber, sliced and quartered
1/3 cup olives, sliced
1/4 cup pistachios, shelled and chopped
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tbsp Nourished Roots Tri-Salt Blend
2 tbsp Nourished Roots Greek Blend
Heat the olive oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and sautée for 3-5 minutes, or until they start to become translucent. Add in garlic and cook 1 additional minute.
Add in chicken broth, orzo, and lemon juice, stir well. Simmer for 8-10 minutes or until orzo is al dente. Stir frequently so the orzo doesn't stick to the bottom. If there is leftover liquid, drain orzo. Transfer to a large bowl and place in the fridge to cool while you prep the remaining ingredients.
Prep chickpeas, tomatoes, feta cheese, cucumber, olives and pistachios as noted above in the ingredients section. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
Remove orzo from refrigerator and combine with other salad ingredients. Add dressing and stir again. Serve and enjoy!
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