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Summer is right around the corner and nothing tastes better on these hot summer days than a delicious, light, and tasty Summer Orzo Pasta Salad!
I find inspiration for my recipes at places like the pre-made foods section at my local grocery store and restaurant menus; besides of course the obvious…Pinterest!
Once I find a dish with most ingredients I like, I tweak it to my taste. This is exactly how I came up with this fresh take on a Greek Orzo Salad.
Greek Orzo Salad is not my favorite. There are some aspects of the dish that I do like. This is when I decided to try my hand at my own version. And I have to admit; my summer orzo pasta salad turned out pretty darn good!
This pasta salad is both beautiful and flavorful with the scrumptious tanginess of the goat cheese and the vibrant colors of the red, orange, and yellow bell peppers, plus the tangy sweet dressing.
Instead of using kalamata olives (I hate olives) which are traditionally in a Greek Orzo Salad, I used green grapes! The green grapes give a yummy sweetness to the dish!
The best part about this salad is that you can eat it as a side or as a meal just adjust the ingredient amounts accordingly!
- For the pasta:
- 1 box orzo pasta
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 orange bell pepper
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- Goat cheese (I bought already crumbled goat cheese)
- Green grapes
- For the Dressing:
- ½ olive oil
- ½ balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1tsp dried basil
- ¼th of a lemon (squeeze right into dressing mixture)
- Cook pasta as normal, then let cool.
- Dice red, yellow, and orange bell peppers.
- Cut up grapes into 4ths.
- Cut up parsley.
- Crumble goat cheese if it's not already.
- Once pasta is cooled, place in medium to large size bowl and add your peppers, grapes, parsley, and goat cheese.
- Add your dressing and mix everything together.
- Serve and Enjoy!
This Orzo Salad will have you friends wanting seconds and asking for the recipe for themselves!
Until next time,
In exactly one month I will be 25 years old! These past years have literally flown by, I seriously do not know where the time has gone! While I’m still coming to terms that I will be a quarter century old and only 5 years until I’m 30, I have put a list together of 10 things I want to do before I turn 25.
Make an expensive purchase
Explore my own backyard
-Find a fun from of exercise
-Step out of my comfort zone
-Take on a new sport
-Learn to make a cocktail
-Make a soufflé
-Watch more sunrises
-Print out some of my favorite pictures.
Come on my adventure to 25 while I (try) to complete this list!
It’s National Popcorn Day!
To celebrate National Popcorn Day, I decided to make some AMAZING zebra popcorn!
This popcorn is perfect for a casual night in as well as Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day movie night with the girls! Great for goodie bags at the end of a party, or just for yourself. To be shared and to be selfish, this is the perfect popcorn for anything!
Check out the recipe below!!
- ¾ cup popcorn
- 1 cup butter
- 1½ cups brown sugar
- ½ light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup white chocolate chips
- ½ cup milk chocolate chips (or your chocolate of preference)
- Preheat oven 250 and set the rack on the second lowest position
- Make popcorn as normal or as instructed
- Place popcorn in oven in an oversafe container to keep warm
- In a saucepan, add brown sugar, corn syrup, salt, and butter. Bring to boil for 5 minutes while continuously stirring and scraping sides of the saucepan. Remove from heat and add your vanilla and baking soda. Stir until mixture has thickened.
- Pour over popcorn mixture mixing popcorn and caramel as you go along to give a nice even layered coating.
- Transfer caramel popcorn to wax paper lined baking sheet to a single layer. Cool completely. Once cooled, bake in the oven for 1 hour stirring the popcorn every 15 minutes.
- Take out of the oven and let popcorn be cooled completely before adding chocolate
- microwave chocolate for 30 seconds, stirring in 15 second intervals until smooth and melted. Drizzle over popcorn and let cool completely before separating the popcorn into pieces.
The popcorn takes about 2-2 1/2 hours to make all together, but it’s definitely worth it and will make all of your friends jealous!
The popcorn lasts up to a week in a zip bag, but I don’t think it will last that long!