Lemony-Orzo Veggie Salad with Fresh Dill

I found this recipe on The Kitchenista that looked too good to resist.  We had friends over for dinner tonight and this was a HUGE hit with all of us… especially my friend Currié who loved it so much I sent the leftovers home with her.  I loved the lemony dill flavor with the crunchy red pepper, cucumber, and onion and the salty feta.  It was light and flavorful and so very easy to make.

Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, honey, garlic, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, together in a bowl.  Whisk until well combined then set aside so the flavors can mingle.

Cook the orzo per instructions; drain and rinse with cold water.

Combine the orzo together with the cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, fresh dill, and the lemon vinaigrette; toss to coat evenly.  Taste and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Top with feta cheese and serve.  Enjoy.

Side Note:  If your red onion is too strong in flavor, dice it then place it in a bowl of ice water for a few minutes.  It will mellow the flavor out nicely.

 

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Lemony-Orzo Veggie Salad with Fresh Dill

Yield: 6

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 10 min.

Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients:

Zest of one lemon
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp honey
1 clove of garlic, minced
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 cup of uncooked orzo, cooked per instructions
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 tbsp red onion, finely diced
2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
2 tbsp feta cheese (more if desired)

Directions:

Combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, honey, garlic, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, together in a bowl. Whisk until well combined then set aside so the flavors can mingle.

Cook the orzo per instructions; drain and rinse with cold water.

Combine the orzo together with the cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, fresh dill, and the lemon vinaigrette; toss to coat evenly. Taste and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Top with feta cheese and serve. Enjoy.

Side Note: If your red onion is too strong in flavor, dice it then place it in a bowl of ice water for a few minutes. It will mellow the flavor out nicely.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking
Original recipe by The Kitchenista

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21 Responses to “Lemony-Orzo Veggie Salad with Fresh Dill”

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    Kris — August 14, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

    Hi Pam. I just bookmarked this and will be making it in the next day or two. Looks so refreshing for this awful heat we are having!!!
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    Currié — August 14, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

    I did, indeed, LOVE this dish! I am a lucky girl to have such a wonderful friend who is an amazing cook. This will be added to my bookmarks. Thank you, Pam! Your cooking is delicious;)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 15, 2012 @ 12:48 am

    Lemon and dill definitely go hand in hand! Can’t wait to try this with some steak! :)

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    Lia — August 15, 2012 @ 3:16 am

    Hi Pam,
    What a fantastic combination of flavours and aromas in this salad and it also look so gorgeous!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    Ridwan — August 15, 2012 @ 3:47 am

    What a healthy meal,fresh and colorful and thanks for the tip about red onion !!

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    Kim in MD — August 15, 2012 @ 5:10 am

    I love orzo pasta, and this looks so delicious and refreshing, Pam!

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    Jenn's Food Journey — August 15, 2012 @ 5:34 am

    I adore orzo salads of any kind. Too bad Chris refuses to eat it.. Oh well.. looks like he’ll be making chicken nuggets for dinner!!

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — August 15, 2012 @ 5:38 am

    I love orzo salads and could always use another recipe. Great onion tip too.

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    Cathy at Wives with Knives — August 15, 2012 @ 6:40 am

    This is a perfect meal for this heat wave we are having. Love the addition of red bell pepper. It really brightens up the dish.

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — August 15, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    I love lemon, dill, & feta together. Great salad! And lucky friend who got to take the leftovers!

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    Jess @ OnSugarMountain — August 15, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    I never think to use orzo in my pasta salads but now I will have to start! This looks so yummy and feta is one of my favorite cheeses. DELISH :D

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    Sues — August 15, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    This looks awesome! I am getting a little sick of my spinach and veggie salad for lunch every day and this might be the perfect way to switch it up, but still keep it healthy!

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    teresa — August 15, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    so fresh and bright! delicious for a hot summer afternoon, love it!

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    Blond Duck — August 15, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    You are the queen of summer tastiness.

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    Chris — August 15, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    I just learned summfin! Great tip on the red onion, I did not know that.

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    Peggy Recker — August 15, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

    Sounds really good. I do have orzo.

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    Words Of Deliciousness — August 15, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

    Sounds like a salad with a lot of flavor. Looks really delicious.

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    Joanne — August 16, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    I am such a sucker for the feta/dill combo! I know I”d love this salad.

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    grace — August 17, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    nice tip about the red onion. what do you do to tame your feta cheese? :)

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    Weekly menu: buffalo chicken tacos, orzo salad, no-cook pasta sauce and more! « NewlyWife Supper Club — September 3, 2012 @ 5:31 pm

    [...] Lemony Orzo Salad with Fresh Dill from For the Love of Cooking is a great side for any grilled meat or fish.  Don’t you love the flavour of fresh dill?  I think the combination of dill, lemon and feta cheese is incredible.  This salad was great the next day as well. [...]

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    Manya — April 6, 2013 @ 10:10 am

    So yummy! I actually made it with Israeli couscous because I didn’t have any orzo. Very light and delicious. Was a hit at easter

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