Monday bites :: Orzo Salad

I'd like to start this post with a confession.

I never want to be a food photographer.

Phew! I'm glad I got that off my chest. I love food. LOVE food. But attempting to photograph it in my very dark kitchen most certainly tries my tiny amount of patience.

Like, a lot.

But hey, you know? We've all got our things? Our quirks. Mine is lack of patience. Fortunately kid cuteness mostly trumps that, which explains the four happy children.

But back to the food…..

We've been on a food in jar kick. Oatmeal in a jar. Layered food in a jar. (see here) If we have to leave the house and need a meal out, or need to eat on the road…. I try really hard to have something pre-planned for the trip. Which is how this orzo salad came to be.

It's one of those let me share with you recipes. Exact measurements are not necessary and you can totally add or subtract what you want to make it work for you.


monday bites : orzo salad


monday bites : orzo salad


I cooked up 1 cup of dry whole wheat orzo (about 2 cups when cooked) and mixed it with the following:


1 diced avocado

crumbled feta cheese

quartered kalamata olives

diced sun dried tomatoes in oil

{about two or three Tablespoons of each}


And then added: 


juice from  1/2  a fresh lemon

1 clove minced garlic

small splash of olive oil


I stirred this up and spooned it over spinach leaves. Then I sprinkled it with lightly toasted pumpkin seeds. We've been trying to eat more seeds, but my kids are not fond of raw seeds. So I spray them with a tiny bit of olive oil & sprinkle sea salt on them and toast them in the toaster oven on the lowest toast setting. They gobble them up this way & love them sprinkled on salads.

This would be just as delicious with quinoa instead of orzo and you could totally skip the feta. Just add a little sprinkle of sea salt to it. Cherry tomatoes would also be awesome….


monday bites : orzo salad


monday bites : orzo salad


As an added bonus…. food in a jar is pretty. And you can put a rubber band around it to hold your spoon. How cool is that?

Happy Monday to you my lovely friends!


16 thoughts on “Monday bites :: Orzo Salad

  1. That looks so good. I can picture Lauren making it for us. She loves all of those ingredients. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Photos are great!
    I toast seeds in a dry frying pan on the hob. nothing else needed and you can simply wipe out the pan and PUT IT BACK IN THE PRESS! oh how I love saving on the washing up 😉


  3. I don’t understand – you don’t cook the orzo? I make basically the same thing except I use slivered cooked beets and no tomatoes. Delish!!!


  4. Hello fellow Blogging from the Heart pal 🙂 I'm glad you think the photos are good…. and what a great idea on the pan toasting! I'll have to try that. I wish I had a gas (vs electric) stovetop …. that would really make it quick!


  5. "I cooked up 1 cup of dry orzo, about 2 cups when cooked" ~ I just wanted to give the measurements of the dry amount & cooked amount so people would know how much orzo to measure up and how much cooked grain/past to have for the salad. I'm sorry if it sounded confusing. The beets sound delicious! I'm a huge root veggie fan 🙂


  6. and while I don’t doubt that the picture part can take some of the fun out of it … your pictures look great.
    seriously, I looked back at the recipe after my last comment + looked at the last two pictures + thought how good they are.
    enough to comment twice!


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