Recipe by my2funsons
"Fresh tomatoes, artichoke hearts, black olives, and orzo with an olive oil, balsamic, and basil dressing."
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uncooked orzo pasta
extra-virgin olive oil
chopped fresh basil, or to taste
1 (14 ounce) can
artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 (6 ounce) can
sliced black olives, drained
grated Parmesan cheese
I had a pint of grape tomatoes that I used instead of large tomatoes and I chose to cut my artichoke hearts into smaller bits. I did add a little salt and fresh ground pepper. This is a fabulous cold salad--one that I would have never come up with myself. I think this would be just as good with chopped cucumbers and crumbled feta cheese, too. We had this with leftover barbeque pork short ribs--it went very well together. Everyone loved it, my husband and kids even asked for seconds!
Recipe Group Selection: 05, May 2012 ~ I first made this as written, but omitting the olives, as we don't care for them, but add the Parmesan cheese. It was just ok, but not alot of flavor after 24 hours. Guys weren't too fond of it. I then add some salt, pepper, red onion and feta cheese. This added what we felt was missing from the original recipe. I'm glad we tried it, but probably won't be making it again.
Recipe Group selection of 5/6/12. This didn't get very enthusiastic comments here. We all felt it lacked flavor other than what the balsamic vinegar imparted. Maybe if I had used marinated artichokes it would have been better for our taste. Thanks for sharing though.
I made this for Recipe Group this week. I made a mini version, roughly 1/4 of the recipe. I had cooked orzo in my freezer, so I used that, and just eyeballed the other ingredients. I used white balsamic vinegar, because I was afraid my orzo would turn dark if I used regular balsamic. This was very good and we enjoyed it, but it definitely needs salt and pepper!
This is a good basic recipe, simple and light. I used a little less oil than called for, about 1/3 cup, and that consistency was good for us. I used a very good quality balsamic which enhanced the flavor of the other ingredients instead of covering it. I do think the quality of the balsamic you use will affect the outcome significantly - the better the balsamic, the better the flavor. We prefer Kalamata olives to black so I made that substitution and I think that was a very good choice given the other ingredients. I will make this again, and with the change in olives next time will also add in a little red onion and a little cucumber and perhaps feta to give it more of a Mediterranean feel. The concept of this recipe is a good one.
Reading the other reviews I can see I'm in the minority here, but I did not "love" this - it was just "okay." I made it for recipe group, as written (with the exception of using about 1 1/2 c grape tomatoes, cut in half) - but really wanted to add, at the least green onion and feta. It also needed, maybe salt, maybe some other spices. Someone mentioned it would be good with sesame - which made me think replacing some of the olive oil with sesame oil would be tasty . . . I doubt I'll make this again - because if I do, I'll end up doctoring it up, and making it into my regular pasta salad.
Loved this light and refreshing side! I prepared for the Recipe Group pick of the week. I prepared as a cold salad, and used Marzetti's Balsamic Vinaigrette in leu of the vinegar and olive oil (out of balsamic!). I also added a few shakes of galic and onion powders, sea salt and white pepper. A great summer side for BBQ, I'll do this many more times.
this was very tasty, added pepper to taste and served cold with meat off the grill. I love spring and all the salads it has to offer. Next time I would coat the pasta with a little oil when warm then add the other ingredients and use less oil in the finished dressing
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Orzo Tomato Artichoke Salad
Serving Size: 1/10 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 133
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