Good morning! I hope you all had an enjoyable Labor Day weekend! Mine was a great mixture of house organizing, fun events, and most importantly...relaxing! It was so nice for both of us to not have a set agenda on anything we had to do. Instead, we got to choose exactly what we wanted! Yay! On Sunday afternoon we went to a Pre-Labor Day BBQ at our good friends' house. I was feeling super tired (but still wanted to go), and it was perfect, because it was such a nice, mellow, sunny afternoon.
I wanted to bring something to the BBQ, that would be a fun side dish for people to enjoy along side their meat, or in my case a yummy veggie burger! I decided on Mediterranean Pasta Salad! In the past, I've made this warm, but thought it would taste just as yummy cold, and it did!
Mediterranean Pasta Salad, 12 servings
12 oz. orzo pasta 1/2 c. red onion, sliced thin 1/2 c. cherry tomatoes 1/2 c. Kalamata olives, pitted 1/2 c. feta cheese, cubed 1/8 c. olive oil 1/8 c. balsamic vinegar Salt, to taste For those that are not familiar with orzo, it is a small rice-shaped pasta, meaning "barley" in Italian. I am not a big pasta eater, but this is one that agrees with my body. Maybe because I eat less? I don't know, but regardless, it's yummy! You can put it in soups (think: Minestrone), as regular pasta, on salad, or as salad in my case.
Begin by cooking orzo (just as you would any other pasta). Once cooked, drain with cold water to bring the temperature of the pasta down. Place on large platter with other ingredients. You could also throw this is a bowl, but I think it looks so pretty like this. Ha! Right before you serve, drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the top. Sprinkle with salt if desired (taste first, as the feta cheese and Kalamata olives are high in sodium).
There you have it! This literally took me 12 minutes to make. What a simple meal for during the week, when you're having a crowd over, or want to bring a side dish to a BBQ. Enjoy!
Think you'll try this? Send me a message if you do!