Recipe: Mediterranean Orzo Salad: Easy and Healthy Side or Salad

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Mediterranean Orzo Salad (Serves 4 as a side dish)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup orzo (cook according to directions on package) (may substitute Israeli Cous Cous, Pearl Barley, small Pasta of choice (Pastina, etc), or Bulgur.

1 package frozen, chopped spinach, boil, drain, allow to cool, then squeeze out/dry with paper towels, set aside.

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

juice of one lemon

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

sprig of mint finely chopped (optional)

2 cloves raw garlic, crush and mince

2 cups roasted peppers (can be red, yellow, orange, etc)

1 ripe tomato, remove core, chopped

1/2 cup feta cheese (optional)

1/2 cup Kalamata or Gaeta Olives (pits removed, chopped)

Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and toss. Serve as an excellent accompaniment to dishes like grilled or pan-seared seafood, roasted or grilled chicken, lamb, pork, etc.

About Fred Bollaci

I'm CEO and President of Fred Bollaci Enterprises. I lost more than 100 pounds while living "La Dolce Vita" and I'm now known as "The Healthy Gourmet." Sample the good life with me through fitness, fine food, and good wine. Meet chefs who cater to a healthy gourmet lifestyle through my Golden Palate blog.
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