Friday, November 18, 2011

Dried Cherry Orzo Salad

Dried Cherry Orzo Salad

Serves 6.

A great side dish for almost any meal --- picnic, dinner party, weeknight at home.  Also a great vegetarian option.  My father-in-law gave me a sampler pack of Round Pond olive oils, and I used the blood orange olive oil in this recipe, as suggested.  Only have extra virgin olive oil?  That's okay... this salad would taste great with that as well!
Source: Round Pond Summer Picnic Men.

1 box orzo pasta
1 cup dried cherries
3 handfuls of baby arugula
½ -1 cup feta cheese
¾ cup almond slivers, toasted
Juice from one orange (If blood oranges, you will need 2-3)4-6 Tbsp Round Pond Blood Orange Olive OilSalt & Pepper to taste

In a large pot, cook orzo pasta according to directions on the box. Once pasta is cooked, drain and then pour in 2 Tbsp Blood Orange Olive Oil to help coat the pasta and prevent clumping. Spread orzo on a baking sheet to let cool.

While orzo is cooling, toast almond slivers until golden brown and fragrant. In a large bowl mix cool orzo, arugula, dried cherries, feta cheese, almonds, juice from orange & Blood Orange Olive Oil. 

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