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Orzo and Vegetable Salad Recipe

Posted on 2012-11-06
Orzo and Vegetable Salad
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Need a vegetarian salad recipe? Orzo and Vegetable Salad is a beautiful looking veggie salad recipe, which is a perfect combination of orzo, zucchini, bell pepper, green onion, olive, fresh cilantro and crumbled feta cheese. Orzo salad is an easy and healthy vegetarian recipe.

Yield: Serves 4

  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • 2 small zucchini
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup sliced black olive
  • dried oregano leaves
  • olive oil for brushing vegetables
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • For dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • salt & black pepper to taste

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the orzo and cook uncovered, over high heat until al dente, cooked through but still a bit firm, stirring occasionally (or cook the orzo according to the package directions). Drain the orzo in a colander and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the zucchini and red bell pepper lengthwise. Brush the vegetables with olive oil on both sides. Sprinkle with dried oregano, salt and black pepper.

Orzo and Vegetable Salad

Spread out the seasoned vegetables in a single layer onto a large baking pan (do not crowd). Bake in the preheated oven until vegetables are cooked through, about 30-35 minutes. Remove vegetables and let them cool.

Orzo and Vegetable Salad

Cut the vegetables into bite-sized pieces when they are cool enough to handle.

Orzo and Vegetable Salad

For dressing, whisk the balsamic, soy sauce and olive oil in a small bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste.

Place the orzo, sliced green onion, zucchini, bell pepper, chopped cilantro and black olive in a salad bowl. Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss together. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Orzo and Vegetable Salad

Right before serving sprinkle feta cheese on top.

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