Sunday, March 8, 2009

Spring Is Here Orzo Salad

We had two inches of snow on Monday, but today it is 80 degrees. The sun is fabulous, and my legs are happy to be wearing shorts. I wanted something summery for lunch today, but since it's early March, the produce hasn't quite caught up with my gustatory desires. So, I made this orzo salad with packaged/preserved items in my refrigerator and pantry. It was very tasty and really hit the spot.

1 cup orzo pasta
1 15 oz can chickpeas
2 green onions, chopped
15 kalamata olives, chopped
8 slices refrigerator pickles, chopped
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 tsp dried oregano

Cook orzo according to package instructions; salt water generously. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Rinse and drain chickpeas; add to hot skillet. Season with kosher salt. Shake occasionally to avoid burning.

Meanwhile, add crumbled feta to a medium bowl. Chop onions, olives, and pickles, and place in the bowl.

Drain pasta and add to bowl along with the browned chickpeas. Sprinkle oregano and 2 tbsp olive oil over the mixture, then stir to mix everything together. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and possibly more oregano or olive oil if it's dry.


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