This orzo pasta salad has only a handful of ingredients. It’s quick, easy and absolutely refreshing!
I have a fridge full of condiments. I bet we all do. If you were to open my fridge right now you’d find at least 2 half full bottles of bbq sauce, several salad dressings, lemon juice, lime juice, plum sauce, 4 different types of mustard, sun dried tomatoes, tahini, pesto, mayo and an assortment of pickled items. I have too many condiments. Sometimes you just need a little tahini for hummus or a handful of olives, or perhaps you need stone ground mustard instead of yellow mustard. My problem is I forget to take inventory before each shopping trip. I buy a new bottle of ranch dressing, open it and only then do I realize that I have 3 pressed up against the back of the fridge. My condiments accumulate to the point where I have more of them then anything else in the fridge.
The only condiment I DO keep track of is the mayo. I must have had some sort of run-in with rancid mayo as a kid because I have a fear of expired mayo! This is probably why I steer clear of the mayo based pasta salads or potato salads at any cookout or bbq. One never knows how long these things have been sitting out. I cannot run the risk of my tender tummy turning ill. I just won’t do it.
But since BBQ’s and pasta salads go together like peas and carrots, I had to come up with something sans mayo. This orzo pasta salad just happens to be one such salad. It has a simple vinegar dressing, feta, pinenuts and lots of fresh dill! That’s where all the glorious flavor comes from. You could use dried dill. If you do, reduce the amount to a teaspoon.
You will not only love the flavor of the pasta salad, but also the ease and the simplicity. And if you have a fear of sour mayo (like me) then you may find yourself hoarding this pasta salad leaving the others to fend for themselves.
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- 1 lb orzo pasta
- 3 oz pine nuts
- 4 oz crumbled feta cheese
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill, coarsely chopped
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Prepare orzo according to package direction. Rinse with cold water. Combine pasta with pine nuts and orzo.
- In a small bowl, combine oil, vinegar, dill and salt. Pour over orzo and serve.
CRAZY FOR ORZO