Wednesday, February 16, 2011


1 pound orzo (rice shaped pasta)
½ cup olive oi
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 cup diced green bell pepper
1 cup finely cut dried fruits (apricots, cranberries, figs, prunes)
¼ cup drained capers
½ cup finely cut green spring onion
½ cup toasted pine nuts or slivered almonds
½ cup pomegranate seeds (optional)

Cook orzo in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but not soft. Rinse with cold water and allow to drain well. Transfer to large deep serving platter. Toss with half the olive oil immediately other wise it will stick together. Add all ingredients and toss, only keep the pomegranates to sprinkle on top along with the pine nuts.

DRESSING: In a metal mixing bowl mix juice of one lemon, 2 TBS balsmamic vinegar and salt, whisk well. Add 1 garlic clove pressed, 1 TBS mustard and 1 TBS honey in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in remaining 1/4 cup olive oil. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

Add dressing to orzo mixture and toss to mix. Correct to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 6 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

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