Sunday, December 13, 2009

not your grandma's pasta salad

when you hear the words pasta salad, what comes to mind?
is it your grandma's miracle whipped (gag) elbow macaroni salad??

well...times they are a changing.
here is a recipe for a new kind of pasta salad that will restore your excitement for potlucks and family get together's.
thank you denise for introducing me to this wonderful concoction!
the lemon juice really makes it happen. it adds brightness and brings all the flavors together.
here is my spin on it.

Orzo Pasta Salad
{print recipe}

1 pound orzo pasta
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1/4 cup
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
3/4 cup dried cranberries
12 or more fresh basil leaves, torn in to small pieces
4-5 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cook the orzo according to package directions until al dente.
Drain and then spread the pasta on a large cookie sheet or pan. (this is done for the sole purpose of a rapid cool down. you can also put it directly into the serving bowl and proceed)
Drizzle the pasta with 3 tablespoons olive oil, toss, spread out, and set aside to cool.
Once the orzo is cooled, transfer to a large serving bowl.
Add the remaining olive oil, feta, cranberries, basil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and toss gently to combine.
Refrigerate for 1/2 hour to an hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld.
inspiration: giada de laurentis


  1. mmm..I have to try this! I love pasta salad and I've never seen one like this!

  2. This is definitely the type of pasta salad I want to serve for my friend's bridal shower. Thanks for some inspiration.

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