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