Monday, July 9, 2012

Orzo Salad

A good summer salad... perfect for potlucks as there is no dairy in this.... enjoy!

Orzo Salad


2 lemons, zested and juiced

1 clove garlic, minced

2-3 sprigs parsley, roughly chopped

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

¾ cup extra virgin olive oil

Whisk together (or use immersion blender for best results) all ingredients except olive oil.  Gradually whisk in oil.  Adjust seasonings. 


3 cubes chicken bouillon (optional)

1 lb. orzo

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise

½ teaspoon salt

7 oz feta cheese, crumbled

1 cup chopped fresh basil

1 cup chopped green onions

½ red bell pepper, finely chopped

½ cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts

½ cup pine nuts, gently toasted to golden brown

Bring large stock pot of water to boil.  Add chicken bouillon cubes (for additional flavor).  When water is at rolling boil, stir in orzo and cook until tender but still firm to bite (make sure to stir occasionally). Drain.

Meanwhile, sprinkle the halved tomatoes with salt and let set while prepping the remaining ingredients. 

As soon as the pasta has drained, toss in large wide bowl with the dressing.  Stir well to coat and cool.  After this has cooled add remaining ingredients and toss to coat. 

COOKS NOTES:  This salad does well to prepare head of time, even overnight. 

Florentine Artichoke Dip

Florentine Artichoke Dip

16 oz sour cream
½ cup mayo (add more if needed)
1 ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
2 green onions, chopped
14 oz. can, water packed artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped
10 cloves roasted garlic, finely chopped.

Preheat oven to 375˚. Mix all ingrediens until well combined. Transfer to an oven safe serving dish. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until bubbling.

Serve with crackers or your choice of dippers.

COOKS NOTES: If you don’t have the time to roast the garlic, substitute with 1 -2 cloves of garlic finely minced.