Thursday, May 3, 2012

Greek Pasta Salad

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. 

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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