Friday, August 17, 2012

Orzo Pasta Salad

Leftovers, I have a love hate relationship with them. I don't really like eating them but they are a necessary part of life, that is if you don't want to be wasteful. I really don't like eating the same thing over and over again; it's gets boring. Also the food doesn't always taste that great. Chinese food and most fried foods make the worst leftovers.  In Chinese food, the sauce get absorbed and the food dries out when reheated (Have you ever tried to reheat general tso chicken?? I rest my case..lol) And with fried foods, they lose the fried crispiness that I love. On the flip side, I like eating leftovers when the dish tastes better the next day. There are some foods that just taste better after the flavors and sauces have had time to marinate and get absorbed. I feel that way about most pasta dishes. My orzo pasta salad is one of my favorite leftover meals. It’s a light zesty salad that gets more flavorful each day.

What is your favorite leftover meal?

Orzo Pasta Salad
Servings: 6

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 lb orzo pasta, cooked
  • 1/3 cup scallions, minced**
  • 1 cup of feta cheese, crumbled**
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped**
  • salt, pepper
  • Balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing

  1. Sauté bell peppers, onion, and garlic with the olive oil, salt, and pepper over med-high heat until soft.
  2. Pour cooked orzo into a large serving bowl, add cooked veggies and 1/2 cup of balsamic vinaigrette. Mix well, bring to room temperature.
  3. Stir in scallions, feta and basil.
  4. Chill and add more balsamic vinaigrette to your taste. Can be served chilled or at room temperature.
**Modify quantities to your taste

1 comment :

  1. I love leftovers, especially when I can transform them into a completely different meal.

    I like your orzo salad recipe. It was simple and had a lot of flavor. Thanks for sharing.