Mediterranean Style Pasta Salad for #TheSaladBar

Posted by on Jul 13, 2013 in Recipe | 17 comments

For July’s #TheSaladBar we have all come up with Salads that you can take to a potluck. One of my favorite things to bring to cookouts, parties or potlucks is a pasta salad. Pasta bulks up  salads and is a great way to feed many people. This July,  Michigan, has been much cooler than in the years past. There has been a ton of rain and our garden is growing wildly. I am certainly noGreek Pasta Saladt complaining, but I wanted something to showcase all the fresh veggies that are in season. Mediterranean cuisine is filled with fresh ingredients and olive oil. What better than to combine all these into a pasta salad to share with family and friends.

 

The pasta  used in this dish is Orzo. It is a rice shaped noodle that cooks up well and is not over bearing on a hot day. To a pound of cooked and cooled orzo, I added in Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, slivered Radishes and thinly sliced Red Onion. To dress this salad I made my own Greek style dressing.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Greek Style Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cups Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Garlic Clove Minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried Dillweed
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (I use 1/4 tsp of salt and lots of black pepper.)

Note

Remember when making dressing, it is easier to add then to take away. Be sure to taste your dressing and add salt and pepper a little at a time.

Directions

Step 1
You can whisk everything together in a bowl or like I do, combine in a food processor
Step 2
If using a food processor, I first add in my dried herbs and spices. I then pulse a couple of times to release some of the flavors.
Step 3
After you have added in the herbs and spices, I add in the garlic, Dijon mustard, olive oil and red wine vinegar and mix well.
Step 4
The dressing is ready to use right away. You can adjust the salt and pepper to your taste. Also, I tend to like brightness of the vinegar so I am heavy handed with it, but it is all a matter of taste.

Once you have tossed everything together, chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. This is great topped and served with a sprinkling of feta cheese and/or fresh basil ribbons. The brightness of the red wine vinegar really plays well with the fresh ingredients. This salad is great on its own, but will compliment whatever meat you happen to be grilling/serving at the party.

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Be sure to check out all the other great salads that are being presented today. The list is amazing. They are so colorful and just make you want to take a bite.

Enjoy,

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#TheSaladBar

17 Comments

  1. 7-13-2013

    Beautiful salad! The dressing sounds delicious. I love Greek.

  2. 7-13-2013

    I love greek salad. I happen to have some leftover orzo pasta in the refrigerator. I will give this a try for dinner tonight!

  3. 7-13-2013

    Great looking salad!

  4. 7-13-2013

    Good idea for the salad bar pot luck. Everyone loves orzo and it’s looks so pretty.

  5. 7-13-2013

    Love it! This looks do yummy in my tummy!

  6. 7-13-2013

    i love the sound of this salad dressing…so fresh and a great way to showcase your garden!

  7. 7-13-2013

    Great salad, Shannon! I love all of the bright colors and the flavors sound fabulous too.

  8. 7-13-2013

    LOVE this Greek dressing…I need to whip up a batch of this very soon, indeed!

  9. 7-13-2013

    Orzo was my second choice and will be posted on my blog soon. I love orzo, but decided to make a mini ravioli salad instead. Yours is a keeper.

  10. 7-13-2013

    That dressing sounds delicious!

  11. 7-13-2013

    Your Pasta Salad looks absolutely amazing. I love the colors… my daughter will go crazy over this one.

  12. 7-13-2013

    I always forget about orzo when I’m thinking of side dish recipes. i can’t wait to make this soon.

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