Friday, March 16, 2012

Orzo with Tomatoes, Feta, and Green Onions

Photo by Katie Guymon

Here's a fair warning: don't make this pasta salad unless you want to go into labor. Mostly because you have to leave all the leftovers at home while you're eating crappy hospital food. All jokes aside, this was what I was eating when our little daughter decided it was time to make her big debut. Or, for a more accurate metaphor, to start tiptoeing her way to the stage.

Orzo with Tomatoes, Feta, and Green Onions
-1/4 cup red wine vinegar
-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
-1 teaspoon honey
-1/2 cup olive oil
-6 cups chicken broth
-1 pound orzo
-2 cups red grape tomatoes, halved
-1 7-ounce package feta cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
-1 cup fresh basil, chopped
-1 cup green onions, chopped
-1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted

1. Whisk vinegar, lemon juice, and honey in small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Season vinaigrette with salt and pepper. 

2. Bring broth to boil in large heavy saucepan. Stir in orzo, reduce heat to medium, cover partially, and boil until tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain. Transfer to large wide bowl, tossing frequently until cool.

3. Mix tomatoes, feta, basil, and green onions into orzo. Add vinaigrette; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Add pine nuts; toss. Serve at room temperature.

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