Orzo Salad with Three Peppers and Olives

[ 3 ] July 5, 2013 |


Orzo Salad with Three Peppers and Olives


This is such a colorful dish it can’t help but be delicious too! It’s great served warm or cold.

The orzo salad recipe is written as vegan, but feel free to add some crumbled feta or goat cheese for extra zing.

Are you familiar with Cooking Planit?

First things first  Cooking Planit  isn’t just a recipe website and  app. In their words, Cooking Planit  is a “personal kitchen assistant” that walks you through the whole meal planning, preparation and cooking process.  When you come home tired from a long day at work, the last thing you want is to have to think any more than you have to, so to be able to have everything laid out for you is a huge help.

Cooking Planit has many  features and benefits.

Then, once you’re ready to start cooking, Cooking Planit gives you step-by-step, timed instructions that are voice activated.” For my second  meal, I picked Orzo Salad . The instructions are easy to follow and the result is delicious.

Once you have a meal or recipe you want to make, you can then generate a grocery list based on the ingredients required.  If one ingredient is needed in more than one of the recipes, it only shows up once in your grocery list as the total amount needed.  Within the grocery list function,

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I enjoyed playing around with the Cooking Planit app. I really can see myself using this during the week  where organization and time management is critical.

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Orzo Salad with Three Peppers and Olives
Serves: 4
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ cup red bell pepper
  • ½ green bell pepper
  • ½ cup yellow bell pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh Parsley
  • ⅓ cup Kalamata olives, pitted
  • ½ pound orzo
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  1. Smash the garlic under the side of your chef's knife to remove the peel. Mince the garlic.
  2. Cut both ends off each pepper. Cut in half down the middle and remove the core and seeds. Chop the peppers into ¼ inch dice to measure the indicated amount. Place in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Trim parsley leaves from the stems and finely chop to measure the indicated amount. Place in a medium mixing bowl.
  4. Measure out the pitted kalamata olives. Transfer to the cutting board and roughly chop. Add to the parsley.
  5. Fill a large pot ⅔ high with water and cover. Place over high heat. Proceed with next step as water comes to a boil.
  6. Heat a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil.
  7. Once oil is warm, add the minced garlic. Saute quickly, just to soften, but do not brown. Add all the peppers and season with salt and pepper. Cook until peppers are softened, about 5-8 minutes. Once cooked, transfer to the bowl of parsley and olives.
  8. Once water is boiling, add 1 tablespoon of salt and stir in the orzo. Cook until tender but with a slight bite, about 9-10 minutes.
  9. Place orzo back in the pot and set back on the stove over low heat. Stir continuously for about 2 minutes until the extra moisture is cooked out.
  10. Stir in the remaining olive oil, fresh lemon juice, cooked peppers, parsley and kalamata olives. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove pot from heat.
  11. Transfer orzo to a serving bowl or dinner plates. Ready to eat!


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Orzo Salad with Three Peppers and Olives

Marie Poulin
Marie Poulin is a passionate food blogger and professional personal chef who enjoys sharing her healthy, inventive, recipes. You can find her on social media and subscribe to her blog to receive instant blog updates and receive a free ebook, Tasty Quinoa Recipes!

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Category: Pasta, Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian

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  1. I can’t wait for summer to have this!

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