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Mediterranean Strawberry Orzo Pasta Salad | The Mediterranean Dish. BEST orzo salad you will have! Packed with Mediterranean flavors from fresh herbs, lemony vinaigrette and feta cheese. A must try! See it on TheMediterraneanDish.com

Mediterranean Strawberry Orzo Pasta Salad


Description

This strawberry orzo pasta salad features some of my favorite Mediterranean flavors. So little effort to the perfect potluck salad!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 8 oz baby broccoli, tough ends removed
  • Early Harvest Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1 1/2 cup orzo pasta
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 cup minced scallions
  • 1 cup packed fresh chopped parsley
  • 15-20 fresh basil leaves, torn
  •  2 cups baby arugula
  •  8 oz. strawberries, sliced
  • 3/4 lb feta cheese, cut into cubes or small chunks

Lemon Vinaigrette  


Instructions

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Slice baby broccoli in half length-wise, or cut into even sized pieces. Place on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Roast in heated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. (optional step, you can use raw broccoli, if you like)
  • While broccoli is roasting, cook the pasta. Fill a large pot with water; add salt and olive oil. Bring to a boil and add orzo. Cook to al dente (9-11 minutes). Drain. Transfer the hot pasta to a mixing bowl.
  •  Quickly make the lemon vinaigrette. Place all vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl, whisk vigorously to combine.
  • Pour the vinaigrette on top of the hot pasta. Add the shallots, scallions, parsley, basil. Toss to combine. Set aside to cool (if you have time, leave it for 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend).
  • Once the pasta has cooled, add in the arugula, roasted baby broccoli and strawberries. Toss gently to combine. Finally top with feta cheese chunks. Again, toss very gently; the cheese can mostly remain on top. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Salad, Mediterranean Salad, Strawberry Pasta Salad, Salad with Strawberries, Orzo Pasta Salad, Orzo, Orzo Salad, Mediterranean Orzo Salad