Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

It's not an exaggeration to say that I am utterly, totally, completely obsessed with this pasta salad, and I think you'll love it, too!

I first encountered this yummy dish during the first meeting of the Crockpot Club and I have been on a mission to recreate it ever since. I'm always up for any recipe that includes artichokes, and I absolutely love the versatility of this salad - it's a fantastic side, but thanks to the chickpeas, it's also hearty enough to stand on its own as a meatless meal. I like to keep a big batch in the fridge that I can portion out to bring to work for lunch, and also have an easy side dish on hand for dinner.

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

*1.5 cups orzo
* 1 teaspoon minced garlic
* 16 oz. chickpeas
* 6 oz. artichoke hearts
* 1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
* 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
* 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
* 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
* 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon pepper

* Cook the orzo according to package instructions, then drain and rinse under cold water.

* Mix garlic, vinegar, mustard, marjoram, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl until well-blended.

* In a separate bowl, combine the cooked orzo, chickpeas, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and parsley.

* Pour the dressing over the pasta mixture, and toss to combine.

What's your favorite pasta salad?

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  1. YUM! I'm obsessed with these types of salads in the summer :-D

  2. We just had orzo last night for dinner and now I need to save this recipe for another night! I love orzo in the summer! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  3. This is right up my alley and has all of my favorite things in it! I might add in some feta too. Because cheese. :)

  4. Um, yes please! I love all and any kind of pasta salad, so I can't wait to give this a try!

  5. This looks like the perfect summer side! I could serve four different kinds of pasta salad and be so happy and content with that - it's the best!

  6. This looks and sound delicious!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  7. This looks delicious! I love sun-dried tomatoes and think they are under-rated! :)

  8. Looks delicious! Love a good pasta salad!! I would have to eliminate the mustard though because Chris is allergic to it. :-/ Thank you for sharing ladies! :-)

  9. I just had an orzo salad for lunch! This recipe sounds delicious!

  10. Those pics are making me hungry! Love all the ingredients in this, so I'm sure I'll be obsessed as well!

  11. I need to try this recipe! I love all the ingredients and have never cooked with orzo. Sounds yummy!

  12. This sounds SO good!! Yum! Thanks for the recipe!

  13. I've never tried making orzo with anything, but this looks super good! :D I love salads in the summer! :]


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