Summery Greek Orzo Salad

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  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 pound orzo pasta
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup small capers, drained
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 large Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and quartered
  • 3 green onions, finely sliced
  • 15 basil leaves, thinly sliced, or 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley leaves
  • 5 ounces feta cheese
  • 1 lemon, zested


Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt and orzo. Bring back to a boil and cook for 6 to 7 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.

In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, olive oil, capers, salt and pepper; set aside.

In a bowl, combine orzo, tomatoes, peppers, pine nuts, olives, green onions and basil or parsley. Stir in dressing, then crumble in feta and add lemon zest.

Special notes:

Optional: You may add 1 cup garbanzo beans for extra protein.

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