Saturday, April 12, 2008

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Mediterranean Orzo Salad
from: Quick Fixes from Brand Name Mixes

1 c orzo pasta
1 c diced red bell pepper
1/2 c crumbled feta cheese
1 can (2 1/4 oz) sliced ripe olives, rinsed and drained
1/4 c chopped fresh basil or 1/2 t dried basil
Fresh basil leaves or parsley sprigs, for garnish (optional)

1 packet (1 oz) Ranch salad dressing & seasoning mix
3 T olive oil
3 T red wine vinegar
1 t sugar

Cook orzo according to package directions, omitting salt. Rinse with cold water and drain well. Mix orzo, bell pepper, cheese, olives, and chopped fresh basil in a large bowl. (If using dried basil, add to dressing.) Whisk together salad dressing & seasoning mix, oil, vinegar, and sugar. Stir dressing into orzo mixture. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Garnish with basil leaves before serving, if desired.

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