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Mediterranean Orzo Salad

This delicious salad combines orzo, cooked in our Veggie-Stock Gold® for extra flavor, and a basketful of tasty ingredients including sun-dried tomatoes, red peppers, fresh spinach, red onion, basil, pine nuts, and feta cheese, dressed with a tangy balsamic dressing. Double it to feed a crowd or add grilled chicken or seafood to make it a main dish.

Ingredients

Serves
8-10
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 ounces Veggie-Stock Gold®
  • 1 pound orzo
  • 1 large red pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 2/3 cup shredded spinach
  • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, rehydrated and chopped
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • 3 ounces feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Methods/steps

  1. In a large bowl, combine the red onion and balsamic vinegar and let stand while you prepare the other ingredients.
  2. Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan.  Whisk in the Veggie-Stock Gold®, stirring until it dissolves.  Add the orzo, reduce the heat to medium, cover partially, and cook until the pasta is al dente.  Drain in a colander.
  3. Add the cooked orzo and all the remaining ingredients to the bowl holding the onions, and toss to combine well.  Serve at room temperature.
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