MEDITERRANEAN ORZO SALAD

49726-lgINGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb (450g) asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) wedges
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced into 1/2-inch (1-cm) wedges
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 2   garlic cloves, pressed
  •  Salt and coarsely ground black pepper (optional)
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 can (15 ounces or 540 mL) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 package (4 ounces/125 g) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) pitted whole kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) snipped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) prepared Greek vinaigrette dressing
  •  Romaine lettuce leaves (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C). Combine asparagus, bell pepper, onion and oil in Stainless (6-qt.) Mixing Bowl. Press garlic into mixing bowl using Garlic Press; toss to coat using Mix ‘N Scraper®. Season with salt and black pepper, if desired.
  2. Spread vegetables in a single layer on Stoneware Bar Pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until vegetables are tender and golden brown. Remove from oven to Stackable Cooling Rack; cool completely. Cut asparagus and bell pepper into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare orzo according to package directions in (2-qt./1.9 L) Saucepan; drain and rinse under cold running water in small Stainless Mesh Colander. Place orzo in Stainless (4-qt./4-L) Mixing Bowl. Add vegetable mixture, beans, feta cheese, olives, parsley and salad dressing; toss gently. Serve at room temperature or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve over lettuce leaves, if desired.

Recipe courtesy of Pampered Chef.