Deciding what to bring along with you to a party or BBQ can sometimes a be a bit challenging. Do you just chop up some veggies and bring some dip? Do you go all out and bake a dessert?
This salad is a great in between dish. Something that is a break from the traditional, while still being easy and accessible. Now admittedly, I didn’t bring this to a BBQ, I just made it for dinner and then brought it for last week’s lunches, but c’est la vie. Next time I know what to make!
To start you cook the Orzo. Orzo was something new to me, so if you don’t know what it looks like, here ya go:
Once the orzo is cooked, drain the pasta and set aside. Make sure to reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water for later!
Chop up the squash.
In a large skillet, heat olive oil with garlic. Then you add the squash, sprinkle with salt, and cook until tender and browned, about 4 minutes.
Then add in the orzo and cooking water, letting simmer for about 2 minutes or until the water is absorbed.
Once everything is cooked together, stir in 3/4 of the feta and the mint. Once the feta is melted, transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with remaining feta and mint.
If you decide to serve the salad at a party or BBQ I would prepare the salad exactly like the directions say!
But, if you are going to make it for lunches, I wouldn’t mix in the feta and mint right away. I would toss in the feta right before reheating, and then sprinkle it with mint. This will make sure the mint is fresh and doesn’t get wilted as it sits in your fridge waiting to be eaten.
1 cup dried orzo pasta
2 tsp olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
Kosher salt, to taste
3.5 oz reduced-fat feta
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil
Stir in orzo and cook for 8 minutes, orzo will be undercooked
Reserve 1/2 cup of cooking water
Drain orzo pasta in a colander, set aside
Heat olive oil in a large skillet with garlic
Add the squash, season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally
Cook 4-6 minutes until brown and softened
Reduce heat to medium-low and add cooking water and orzo
Bring to a simmer and stir in 3 ounces of feta and season with salt
Cook until water is absorbed, about 2 minutes
Remove from heat stir in mint
Transfer to serving platter and sprinkle with feta and mint
Yields 4 servings