Thursday, May 3, 2012

Greek Pasta Salad

Yum
We have had the oddest weather this spring.  We had a very spring like winter and then when April hit it got cooler and chilly.  We had to pull out our winter coats and turn the heat back on.  I was ready for some warm weather and it came yesterday with a beautiful 80 degree day.  I was in the mood for a light pasta salad and this one fit the bill.  I ate it as a light lunch then I served it with grilled chicken at dinner time. I don't usually eat the same dish twice in one day, but when it's cool, refreshing and tasty...why not. 

 Ingredients:
4-5 cups of cooked orzo style pasta (cook in well salted water to season)
2-3 cups of seeded and peeled English cucumber diced (use a spoon to seed the cucumber)
2 cups of Greek olives (use pitted olives)
1/2 green bell pepper diced fine
1/2 medium red onion diced fine
1-2 mild red chilies (fresnos) diced fine
1/4 cup fresh parsley minced
8oz of feta cheese crumbled


 Creamy Greek Style Dressing
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup  Fresh lemon juice
1-2 cloves of grated garlic
1 Tbs of honey
2 Tbs of mayonnaise
1-2 tsp of red wine vinegar
salt and black pepper to taste

 Directions:  Prepare all ingredients and mix dressing.  Allow pasta to cool and mix with all ingredients. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Enjoy.

 


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28 comments:

  1. I've always loved light pastas salads. Now that the weather is warm this is my idea of a perfect dinner. Looks so yummy!

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  2. I love Greek salad! And the weather has been weird here, too. Last Saturday we had SNOW for crying out loud, today it's supposed to be almost 90.

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  3. Our weather has been all over the map this year as well! I kind of gave up and started eating warm weather food anyway because in my heart I wanted it to be warm out.

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  4. I love a greek salad! Pasta with it sounds really good. I will have to try that the next time I pack for our sailboat.

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  5. Dearest Ramona! Thank you so much for the recipe for homemade Greek dressing! We love Greek salad so much and now I can make the dressing from scratch :) Yay! xoxo

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  6. Mmm, my mouth is watering! I love olives and Greek flavors, this would be wonderful.

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  7. Funny last week it was chilly here too and now it is HOT. Very tasty salad, don't you just love those little orzo pasta? Great recipe!!

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  8. I love making Greek salad in the summer and this one looks delish! I sent you some buzz! Have a great weekend sweetie!

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  9. I love making Greek salad in the summer and this one looks delish! I sent you some buzz! Have a great weekend sweetie!

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  10. Just looking at this delightful salad makes me feel like I am on a whitewashed beach in Greece with a palace behind me ;)
    Looks stunning and is one of my favourite salads (no my only favourite salad :D)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  11. What a fabulous idea, Ramona!!!! I love a Greek lettuce salad, and this orzo salad looks even better!

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  12. Perpect salad for the day like yesterday and today,,,,I'm so ready for warmer weather too,I hope the temperature is not drop again like two weeks ago :)

    Ridwan

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  13. I want to reach in and grad those olives! This would be perfect as a side dish or main dish! And orzo! Mmmmmm!!!

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  14. How funny is that! Can't believe we both posted the same recipe, and yet they are pretty different! Yours looks wonderful with the orzo! And the creamy dressing sounds yummy!

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  15. This looks great! Orzo is a favorite of mine as well as a typical Greek salad so I love the sounds of all of this.

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  16. You come up with the most unique and really simple yet fancy looking food...and i dnt just mean abt this post, but all ur posts are amazing!! Love to spend my time here :-)

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  17. I must try making this the next time my sis in law comes over. She loves this type of salad. Very cool with the orzo.

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  18. I love salads like this once the weather starts warming up! Healthy, filling, tasty and oh SO GOOD! Great ingredients and I really love that salad dressing. Going to be giving that one a go.

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  19. This looks excellent, Ramona! I really like that you used orzo. I love Greek flavors!

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  20. Beautiful colors. Orzo pasta - hmm, never had that.

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  21. I am making this tonight but could not find the red chiles, any ideas for substitutes?

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    1. You can substitute red bell pepper or leave it out all together. I really added it for some additional color to the dish. Hope you enjoy. :)

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    2. Thanks! I got some roasted red peppers so I think that will be great! Thank you!

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  22. I love how easy this is and that you made your own greek dressing. This would be perfect for a summer pot luck! I buy olives because my husband likes them, but I never know how else to use them. I'm totally going to bring this to the next party we go to!

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  23. This recipe is so beneficial for health and it easy to made recipe.

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  24. I am going to a BBQ this weekend. I am in charge of the salad, do you think this is a feasible thing to bring?

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    1. It's a great salad for a bbq... but I suggest you leave out the mayo in the dressing since it will be sitting out. It's only a small amount, but you don't want it to go bad on you.

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