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Orzo Confetti Salad

Updated on June 24, 2015

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Orzo Confetti Salad

This salad is easy to prepare, full of vegetables, and light enough for those hot summer days.
This salad is easy to prepare, full of vegetables, and light enough for those hot summer days. | Source

The Inspiration Behind the Recipe

My sister and I were trying to come up with meal ideas in preparation for our weekly grocery shopping. She mentioned that the deli where she worked had started serving an orzo salad that looked good so we decided to create our own version. I have never had the deli's version, but I feel safe in saying that ours was probably better. The two of us almost finished the entire bowl you see in the picture in one meal!



Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 2 to 4 people

What you need

Orzo, your choice of veggies and protein, lemon and olive oil for dressing, and feta cheese (not pictured).
Orzo, your choice of veggies and protein, lemon and olive oil for dressing, and feta cheese (not pictured). | Source

Ingredients

  • About 8 ounces Orzo
  • Yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
  • Red onion, finely chopped
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Pepperoni, cut into thin ribbons
  • Fresh basil, cut into thin ribbons
  • Fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • Kalamata olives, sliced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Feta cheese
Toss the prepared pasta with the remaining ingredients and dress with lemon juice and olive oil.
Toss the prepared pasta with the remaining ingredients and dress with lemon juice and olive oil. | Source
  1. Bring water to a boil and cook the orzo according to package instructions.
  2. While the orzo cooks, prep all of your veggies and the pepperoni.
  3. Drain the cooked orzo and put it into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add the veggies and pepperoni to the orzo and mix well.
  5. Dress the pasta salad with the juice of one lemon and a drizzle of olive oil.
  6. Add the feta cheese. Taste and add salt and pepper if desired.
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What is orzo?

Orzo is a type of short-cut pasta that resembles a grain of rice. The name orzo comes from the Italian word for barley. Orzo is popular in soups, pasta salads, and even in cassaroles.

A note about measurements

I did not measure the ingredients. I tend to cook by sight and taste and rarely measure. Add as little or as much of an ingredient as you like. I do suggest tasting before you add salt since several of the other ingredients are salty. Pasta salads really are not an exact science so you really don't need to worry about being precise. The key is to taste and adjust as you go along.


Possible Substitutions

You can certainly substitute ingredients to suit your taste. Artichokes, hearts of palm, zucchini, and fresh asparagus would also be delicious. Shrimp and diced chicken would also be a good substitute for the pepperoni.

Ingredient
Nutrients
Bell pepper
Vitamins A and C, beta-carotene
Onion
Vitamin C, chromium (helps regulate blood sugar)
Tomatoes
Vitamins A, C, and E, potassium, folate, and fiber
Spinach
Vitamins A, B2, C, and K, folate, iron, calcium, and potassium

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Your salad looks appealing, and like the option to add as much of the vegetables as preferred. Thank you.

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