Category Archives: Salads

Orzo with Shrimp and Feta; Recipe

I absolutely love this recipe. Fresh oregano is a must in this Mediterranean masterpiece of simplicity. Serve cold as a summer side or main attraction. Omit shrimp for a spectacular vegetarian meal.

Orzo with Shrimp and Feta

Orzo with Shrimp and Feta



1 Pound shelled shrimp

1 Pound Orzo Pasta

1/2 Pound feta cheese

Juice of 1-2 lemons

Extra virgin olive oil

3 Green onions slivered

3-4 Cloves finely chopped garlic

Fresh ground black pepper to taste

2-3 Tbsp fresh finely chopped oregano

Handful of kosher salt for pasta water

Heat a skillet over medium heat; drizzle with olive oil and saute shrimp and garlic until cooked. About 5-6 minutes turning once. Remove immediately to a cool dish scrapping all oil and garlic out. Cool in refrigerator until ready to add to orzo.

In a large stock pot boil 4 quarts of water. Cook orzo per packaging instructions, should be between 9-11 minutes.

Tip: Heavily salt the water for cooking the orzo; this should be all the salt this dish needs!

Drain orzo into a colander; rinse for 30 seconds with cold water. Let drain for a few minutes.

In a large bowl drizzle enough oil to lightly coat the bottom. Add orzo, drizzle a little more olive oil and add all ingredients except feta. Mix well. Cover bowl and chill in refrigerator for an hour before adding feta cheese.

This recipe can easily be manipulated to make many variations. I look forward to trying this with fresh mint and parsley.


Green Bean & Potato Salad

Green Been, Asparagus and Potato Salad

Green Bean & Potato Salad


2 Pounds Green Beans or Asparagus or both005
1 Pound Red Potatoes
1 Cup Chopped Flat leaf Parsley
¼ cup Balsamic
¼ cup Olive Oil
1 Clove Minced or pressed garlic
Salt and cracked black pepper to taste.
Steamed fresh sweet summer corn (optional)
Loaf French bread.

My sister lived in France for six years and brought back a variation of this recipe that I have played with to come up with this. The parsley can’t be substituted for anything else and makes this dish perfect for lunch dinner or a side to grilled meats on a hot summer day. I hope you like it.

Prepare a large bowl or sink filled with ice water. Steam green beans and potatoes one at a time until cooked but still crisp when bitten and remove to ice bath to stop the cooking process. Drain well and place in a large bowl. Add parsley, garlic, olive oil, cracked pepper and Balsamic vinegar. Fold ingredients gingerly making sure not to damage potatoes. I like to use my hands as they are the best mixing tools I have. Do not add salt to this dish until it hits your plate. The salt will draw out the moisture in the green beans making them soft.

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