The Best Greek Orzo Salad

This week has been a little crazy so I am back with another awesome recipe.  This is my go to favorite for every potluck, BBQ, and generally most parties and for the most part it is super easy. I also tend to keep pretty much all the ingredients on hand so it is usually quite fast to throw together.  It is adapted from “Bride and Groom: First and Forever Cookbook” which my friend Lily gave me for our wedding and surprising I think it is one that I actually reference the most.  (So of course, I in turn gave it to her for her wedding! )

Here are the ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil  *  2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (I always add a bit extra) *  1.5 teas fresh garlic (again, add extra if you like garlic) *  1/2 teas dried organo *  1/2 teas kosher salt * 1/8 teas black pepper * 1/2 teas sugar * 1 cup orzo (I usually make a couple cups and have been none to make the whole box – so feel free to increase as needed for servings * 1/4 cup pine nuts * 1/4 cup golden raisins * 3 Tbsp finely chopped kalamata olives (or black olives) *1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil (I love my herb scissors for this!) * 2 oz feta cheese (again, add more if desired – I do!)

Bring a pot of water to boil over high heat and add kosher salt. Add orzo and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, but still firm (around 8-10 minutes).

Whisk together your “dressing” – the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper — and set aside.

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Then put your pinenuts in a dry skillet and toast them over medium low heat, shaking constantly, until toasty and brown (about 5 minutes).

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Once the orzo is done cooking, drain it and transfer to the medium bowl with the dressing.  Toss to coat. Let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

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While the orzo is cooling, you can chop your olives and prepare your other ingredients.  Once the orzo has cooled slightly, add the olives, feta, pine nuts and golden raisins.

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Stir it up and then add some fresh basil on top.  So easy and so delicious! It will be a hit at any party you go to! I promise!

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