Peloponnesian Pasta Salad
Another great make-and-take recipe. This is a nice main dish salad, perfect for a hot summer evening and easy for a luncheon. I like to make it in the morning, so the flavors have time to blend. Save time (and your fingers) by purchasing pitted olives.
1 pound orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
4 - 6 cloves garlic, peeled, and left whole
1 cup Kalamata olives, rinsed, pitted and quartered length-wise
½ cup red onion, minced
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
(the cooked garlic from above)
1/3 cup finest quality extra-virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano flakes
2 teaspoons dried basil flakes
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
Cook orzo and garlic cloves in pot of boiling, salted water for 7-8 minutes, or until just tender. Rinse under cold water, let drain and return to the cooking pot. Remove garlic cloves (you do remember how many you cooked, right?). In blender combine garlic cloves, olive oil and black pepper, herbs, and vinegar. Blend until smooth. Pour over pasta. Add the olives, red onion and crumbled feta. Stir well. Serve slightly chilled.
Serves 6 easily as a main dish.