Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Orzo Salad with Cranberries, Feta Cheese & Fresh Spinach
Cooking Orzo pasta according to box directions. Instead of water use chicken broth. This simply adds a wonderful flavor to your pasta. Don't add any salt if you are using the full flavored broth. Drain broth and let pasta cool down for a few minutes. Toss pasta with 4 tablespoons of olive oil.
Homemade Creamy Balsamic Vinegar Dressing
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon salt
I don't use any mixing bowl for my homemade salad dressings. I always use a glass jar. Add all ingredients and shake well until blended. You will have some extra dressing for a salad later on.
Using a large salad bowl add your cooked orzo pasta add your homemade dressing. Add cranberries, feta cheese, pine nuts (optional), fresh chopped parsley & add fresh spinach before serving your dish. This dish is amazing for lunch and dinner parties. You can pair it with anything. I paired it with baked chicken & white fish.