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