Friday, June 25, 2010

Mediterranean Orzo Salad + Kenny Loggins

I made this orzo pasta salad last week to take as part of a picnic dinner for an outdoor concert.  It was simple, delicious, and quick.  Cooking doesn't get much easier than this!
- 14 oz. cooked orzo
- 1 yellow or red pepper, diced
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1/2 cup kalamata olives, chopped
- 1-1/2 cup spinach, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup feta crumbles
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- salt & pepper, to taste
Prepare ingredients.
I find that the easiest way to chop the spinach and basil is to take a handful, roll it up tightly, and then slice.  I use this method whenever I chop fresh herbs.
Once ingredients are prepared mix everything together with cooked orzo.  Refrigerate and serve cold.  Tastes great the next day too.
Last week my Mom, Aunt, and I went to see Kenny Loggins in concert at the Meijer Gardens (If you are ever in Western Michigan the Meijer Gardens are a must see).  This was my first time to a concert @ the gardens.  It was great!  They have an outdoor stage and seating is on tiered sections on a hill.  Everyone brings their lawn chairs and a picnic dinner. 
I brought the pasta salad, my Mom brought delicious turkey sandwiches on focaccia, and my Aunt brought this amazing appetizer platter:
Yum!  At one point the people next to us turned and said "Wow, you guys are like the Martha Stewart group!"  Haha, it was pretty funny.
It was a great show.  I bet that even if you don't think you are a Kenny Loggins fan, you probably are!  He has so many hits - Footloose, This Is It, The Danger Zone, Celebrate Me Home (my personal favorite), Whenever I Call You Friend, and so many more.  I might also be trying to validate the fact that I was one of the youngest people there!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  I'm off to Chicago with my Dad and World's Cutest Brother to visit Baby Sister for three nights of fun in the city!
I've linked up to Tasty Tuesdays @ A Beautiful Mess.


Amy Grace said...

This looks great! I will have to try! :)
Have a great weekend in Chicago!

pamwares said...

how yummy! And great for a more summer day!

amanda persinger said...

I just want to say...I made your caesar potato salad the other night and it was SO GOOD!
I will def. be making that again. Thanks for sharing all your yummy recipes!

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

That orzo salad looks fantastic! It looks like you guys had a wonderful evening filled with great music and yummy food! I love Kenny Loggins. My sister has a CD she used to play for my nephew and it has a song called "Return To Pooh Corner" and it's so precious. The cover to the CD is totally bizarre looking.

tjdoyle said...

Salad looks delicious and who doesn't love (or secretly love) Kenny!! Have fun in Chicago!

Sonya said...

Yey, for yummy food! Do you know where your aunt bought that appetizer platter from? It is super cool.

Jen said...

Kenny Loggins music brings back memories. I love House at Pooh Corner....still! Great shots!

JennieGift said...

Like Sonya - I am dieing to know where your aunt found her platter container at? I need one - how awesome is that... great for nights on the lawn listening to music!

britni @ Antika Moda said...

What a fabulous job you did on that salad!!! That's actually one of my favorite dishes :) you make me want some right now! lol

Dana said...

You are driving me crazy with your amazing photos of food. They are so darn colorful and beautiful I want to grab a fork and dig in. If that salad tastes as good as it looks..... it must be out of this world.
Have a great weekend!

The Homesteading Apartment said...

Looks great! Will have to try it myself...oh, making me hungry already (: Just found your blog and became a follower. I look forward to reading future posts (:


Dayka (Life +Style) said...

I LOVE Kenny Loggins, but he looks a bit different than I remembered . . . is it just me??

and you guys are really like, THE food stylist group! everything looks beautiful, as always. have a safe & fun trip!

Melissa said...

What a fun salad and your pictures are amazing!

Val said...

Oh my, I adore orzo and this looks fabulous!!!! YUM

alicia said...

How lucky are you?? Salad looks delish and fab. I'd love for you to link it up to my tasty tuesdays this week again if you can.

gina said...

I just bookmarked this page - thanks, that salad looks delish! And so does that appetizer tray! That evening sounds lovely. And you are right , it's hard not to love at least ONE Kenny Loggins song- and I'm 36. That's not OLD, right?!?

the thrifty ba said...

looks yummy! the salad, not kenny. i gave your blog an award here

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Love Kenny. Love pretty-much-anything skewered...on a pick, stick, etc. My fave is a cheese tortellini, cherry tomato and black olive, drizzled with a (good) italian dressing. Total yum! (Even better when the tomatoes come from by backyard.)

Natalie said...

Soooo yummy - can't wait to try the salad! The skewers look fantastic too!

I love how you incorporated this into a story!

Stopping by from Tasty Tuesdays :)

Cranberry Morning said...

I have never even heard of orzo! How can this be?? I'm trying this recipe asap. Thanks. :-) Stopping by from Tasty Tuesdays.

Uyen said...

wow, what an easy and healthy recipe. Not to mention, the step-by-step it! thank you.

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

Your salad looks beautiful, and sounds delicious. I never thought of using orzo in a salad, but it's a great idea!

Nancy said...

Okay so I totally would have loved that concert. And my husband so makes fun of me for it. Once a long time ago I was a member of a CD through the mail club and ordered what I thought was a Kenney Loggins CD but got a Kenney G instead. My husband thought it was hilarious because he says Kenney Loggins isn't any better, but there are some of his songs that I just LOVE. P.S. salad looks amazing. What time's dinner?

Danelle said...

Looks fun, and that salad looks yummy. Now I know what to do with that half package of orzo in my cupboard.

alicia said...

Thanks SOOO much for sharing this in my tasty tuesdays. Feel free to share any other delish ideas any time. I host every Tuesday.

alicia @ a beautiful mess

Courtney said...

Thanks, this looks really good and healthy! And Kenny Loggins - how fun! said...

I love this looks so good! Visiting you from Tasty Tuesdays!

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

Thanks for pointing the directions to your potato salad. We didn't end up making it, but it is still on our summer list. There is a simple search engine gadget that is super handy for anyone wanting to find a post. Just one word will get them there. I use it all the time on my own blog when I want to link back to a post. It will cut down on annoying emails like mine : )

Cottage Sisters said...

I saw Kenny Loggins in Phoenix years ago. It was a really good concert. Now we didn't have your food with us, which looked delicious! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a wonderful day! Denise@cottagesisters

AM from White House, Black Shutters said...

That salad looks delicious! Thanks for the new recipe. :) Found you via Remodelaholic, happy to be a new follower.

-Ann Marie


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