I am officially on a “standby summer salads” kick. This is another that I have made with frequency. I am so excited to be using fresh herbs with regularity!

I finally planted a number of my porch herb pots a few days ago only to have them trampled by an intense rain. I found one little fella out on the edge of the railing, completely exposed, roots washed clean from the downpour. The newly potted plant had not even enjoyed 24 hours in his new pot to secure his roots and had therefore, floated right on out when the torrential rains came. We are three floors up and yet the little foundling stayed on the 4 inch railing being pelted but did not plummet to his death three stories down. That little guy is a fighter and after gently tucking him back in his dirt, I named him Rocky.

Orzo Salad with Chickpeas, Dill & Lemon
1 cup uncooked orzo
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1 19-oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3 T fresh lemon juice
1.5 T olive oil
1 T cold water
1/2 t salt
1 clove crushed garlic

Cook pasta according to package and rinse with cold water and drain. Combine pasta, onions, cheese, dill and chickpeas in a large bowl, tossing gently to combine. Combine juice and remaining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle over pasta mixture, toss gently to coat. Yields 4 servings.

From Cooking Light

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18 Responses to “Orzo Salad with Chickpeas, Dill, Feta & Lemon”

  1. jen j-m Says:

    you need to write a book, woman. every recipe makes me want to run out for the ingredients and get cooking. thank you, again.

  2. Mary Says:

    Did you put Rocky in your salad or was he something other than dill?

  3. Caroline Says:

    Jen – I only WISH these were my original recipes to write a book. I usually adapt everything a little but did not dream it up from scratch. Thanks for the kind words.

    Mary- well… now I must admit it. I wanted the story to be about the exact dill that is in the salad. But, in fact it was a little baby fern that I am just in love with. It is the most delicate little thing ever. I will have to check again what kind it is. It is the only thing I planted that wasn’t an herb.

  4. Scott Says:

    I’m a big fan of both orzo and chickpeas, so I’m gonna have to give this recipe a try. By the way, you’ve been tagged for a meme. Go to http://sugarandlard.wordpress.com/2007/06/28/too-much-information/
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  5. Jodi Says:

    WOW! I am making this one as soon as possible.

  6. katie Says:

    Mmmmmm! I copied this down and made it last night for my husband. Sooooooo good! It was a big hit. Woo hoo!

  7. kickpleat Says:

    wow, that is a perfect standby summer salad. yum.

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  9. M Says:

    I love this recipe, and I’m making it for lunch tomorrow! I always add a cup of edamame for a little extra crunch. And, FYI, it refrigerates really well.

    Hmmm… found you on google. I’ll be back. You obviously have great taste ;)

  10. Maria Says:

    I just made this recipe. It’s really boring and bland, in my opinion. It sounded great initially, but not even my own addition of kalamata olives warranted a second try.

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  14. axel g Says:

    Haven’t tried the combination of dill and chickpeas but it sounds yummy…

    I love healthy salads +_+

  15. Christi Says:

    We became a vegetarian. But that didn’t last very long, because, um, I don’t like vegetables. Or salad, nothing like that!

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