Lemony-Orzo Veggie Salad with Fresh Dill

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.

Lemony-Orzo Veggie Salad with Fresh Dill

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.

Lemony-Orzo Veggie Salad with Fresh Dill

 

 

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 😀

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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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