• Lemon Orzo Salad with Chicken or Chickpeas

    You can make this salad with chicken or keep it vegetarian by adding chickpeas.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 lb. orzo
    • Salt
    • 4 mini cucumbers, chopped
    • 2 c. grape tomatoes, sliced
    • 6 oz. feta
    • 1 bunch of parsley, chopped
    • 1/2 c. mint, chopped
    • Chopped cooked chicken or 1 can of chickpeas, drained
    • Mixed lettuce greens

    Dressing:

    • 2 lemons, zest and juice (about 1/3 c.)
    • 2/3 c. olive oil
    • 2 TBSP honey
    • 6 garlic cloves, minced
    • Salt and Pepper, to taste

    Directions:

    1. Bring a pot of water to boil, add salt and orzo and cook until al dente. Once it’s done, rinse it with cool water and let it drain thoroughly. Transfer to a large bowl.
    2. Meanwhile, prep all the salad ingredients.
    3. Add the dressing ingredients to a jar or small bowl, and whisk/shake until well combined.
    4. To the bowl with the orzo, add cucumbers through chicken/chickpeas.
    5. Toss the salad with the dressing. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.
    6. Serve salad over mixed lettuce greens.

    Lemon Orzo Salad with Chicken or Chickpeas:

  • Greek Salmon Bowls

    Recipe adapted from Midwest Foodie.

    Ingredients:

    Dressing/Marinade:

    • 5 TBSP olive oil
    • 3 TBSP balsamic vinegar
    • 2 TBSP fresh chopped dill
    • 2 TBSP fresh chopped parsley
    • 2 tsp. dried oregano
    • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper

    Salmon:

    • 1 lb. salmon

    Orzo:

    • 1 box of orzo
    • 2-3 TBSP butter
    • 2 TBSP lemon juice

    Salad and Toppings:

    • Mixed Greens
    • 1 (15 oz.) can artichoke hearts
    • 1 c. halved grape tomatoes
    • 1 c. sliced English cucumber
    • 1 c. pitted assorted olives
    • 1/2 c. thinly sliced red onion
    • 1 (14 oz.) can of chick peas
    • 4 oz. feta chees crumbled

    Tzatziki Sauce or Easy Lemon Dill Sauce:

    • 1 c. sour cream
    • ½ c. fresh dill
    • Zest of 1 lemon
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • Salt, and pepper

    Directions:

    1. Dressing/Marinade: Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dill, parsley, oregano, garlic, and a couple pinches of salt and pepper to a mason jar. Shake until well combined and emulsified.
    2. Salmon: Place salmon on a baking sheet, and cover with about 1/3 of a cup of the dressing mixture. Place in the cold oven and then turn the oven on and set to 400*. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily.
    3. Orzo: While the salmon is baking, cook the orzo according to package in salted water; drain and return to pot. Add butter and lemon juice.
    4. Easy Lemon Dill Sauce: Combine ingredients in a bowl.
    5. Assemble: Add mixed greens and orzo to plate/bowl. Top with salmon an toppings of choice – artichoke hearts, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, red onion, and feta. Drizzle with remaining dressing. Top with Tzatziki or Easy Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce.

    Greek Salmon Bowls:

  • Greek Chicken Bowls

    Recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest.

    Ingredients:

    Chicken:

    • 1 TBSP olive oil
    • 1.5 lbs. chicken breast, bite size pieces
    • 1/2 c. fresh oregano, chopped
    • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
    • Pinch of salt and pepper
    • 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
    • 4 garlic cloves, chopped

    Orzo:

    • 1 box of orzo, cooked according to package
    • 2-3 TBSP butter
    • 2 TBSP lemon juice
    • 2-3 TBSP fresh dill, chopped

    Whipped Feta:

    • 8 oz. feta cheese
    • 1c. sour cream
    • 2 TBSP olive oil

    Sun-dried Tomato Vinaigrette:

    • 1/4 c. olive oil
    • 2 TBSP lemon juice
    • 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
    • 1/2 c. sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 TBSP fresh dill, chopped (optional)
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    Salad:

    • Greens
    • Tomatoes, chopped
    • Red onion, sliced
    • Artichoke hearts
    • Chick peas
    • Cucumber, sliced
    • Kalamata olives

    Directions:

    1. For the Chicken: In a large skillet, toss together the olive oil, chicken, oregano, paprika, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat until the chicken is browned all over and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and garlic, cook another minute. Remove the chicken from the skillet.
    2. For the Orzo: Bring a stockpot to boil, then add a generous amount of salt. Cook according to package, and then drain. Put cooked orzo back in pot, add the butter and stir until melted. Then add the lemon juice and dill.
    3. For the Whipped Feta: Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy. The feta can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
    4. For the Sun-dried Tomato Vinaigrette: In a mason jar add the olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes, dill, and season with salt and pepper, and shake to combine.
    5. Assemble: On the plate or large bowl add a smear of whipped feta, then add orzo to overlap the feta, top the orzo and feta with the chicken, then add the salad. Drizzle with the vinaigrette.

    Greek Chicken Bowls:

  • Greek Orzo Salad

    This orzo salad is so flavorful and perfect for potlucks, picnics, etc. since there is no mayonnaise, and I actually prefer the salad at room temperature.

    Recipe from Midwest Foodie.

    Ingredients:

    Salad:

    • 16 oz. orzo pasta
    • 1 c. cucumbers, sliced
    • 1 c. sundried tomatoes, julienned
    • 1 c. Kalamata olives, halved
    • 1 14 oz. can of artichoke hearts
    • 1 15 oz. can chickpeas, drained
    • 1/4 c. finely diced red onion
    • 1/4 c. parsley, chopped
    • 4-6 oz. feta, crumbled

    Dressing:

    • 2/3 c. olive oil
    • 1/3 c. balsamic vinegar
    • 1 lemon, zest and juice
    • 1 tsp. dried oregano
    • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
    • 1 TBSP Dijon mustard
    • Kosher salt
    • Pepper

    Directions:

    1. Cook pasta al dente according to package. Drain and then place in a large bowl and toss with some olive oil and salt and pepper. Place in fridge to cool.
    2. Meanwhile in a bowl, add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon zest and juice, oregano, garlic, mustard, and salt and pepper, and whisk until well combined.
    3. Remove pasta bowl from fridge, and add cucumber, sundried tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts, chickpeas, red onion, parley, and feta. Add dressing, and toss to coat.

    Greek Orzo Salad:

  • Crazy Good Asian Dressing

    Recipe from Making Life Blissful

    Ingredients:

    • 3/4 c. sugar
    • 3/4 c. rice wine vinegar
    • 1 tsp. ginger, minced
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 3 TBSP soy sauce
    • 1 TBSP pepper
    • 1 tsp. sesame oil
    • 1 c. vegetable oil
    • 1 TBSP mayonnaise

    Directions:

    1. In a blender, add all ingredients and blend until well mixed.
    2. Transfer to jar and store in fridge for up to 3 weeks.

    Crazy Good Asian Dressing:

  • Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

    Ingredients:

    • 3/4 c. mayonnaise
    • 1 1/4 c. buttermilk
    • 3 tsp. garlic powder
    • 3 tsp. minced onion
    • 2 tsp. fresh parsley
    • 3 tsp. fresh chives
    • 3 tsp. fresh dill
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
    • 2 tsp. sugar

    Directions:

    1. In a mixing bowl add mayonnaise and buttermilk and whisk until smooth.
    2. Add all other ingredients and whisk until well combined.
    3. Transfer to a mason jar for storage.

    Buttermilk Ranch Dressing:

  • Italian Vinaigrette

    Seriously the best Italian Vinaigrette!

    Ingredients:

    • 3/4 c. red wine vinegar
    • 1 c. of vegetable oil
    • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • 3/4 tsp. salt
    • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
    • 1 TBSP dried parsley
    • 1 tsp. dried mustard
    • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
    • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
    • 2 tsp. sugar

    Directions:

    1. Combine ingredients in a large jar with tight lid. Shake well.
    2. If you want creamy Italian, add 1/2 c. mayonnaise.

    Italian Vinaigrette:

  • Korean Marinade and Sauce

    Perfect sauce for bulgogi, gogi bowls, Hibachi chicken, etc. Make a whole batch and have leftovers to use in many dishes.

    Adapted from the Yummy Life.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/2 c. soy sauce
    • 3/4 c. sugar
    • 1/4 c. sesame oil
    • 2 TBSP garlic, minced
    • 2 TBSP ginger, minced or ginger paste
    • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
    • 2 TBSP sesame seeds (optional)
    • 3 green onions, chopped (optional)

    Directions:

    1. In a medium bowl, whisk ingredients together until sugar is dissolved.
    2. Cover and refrigerate until use.

    Korean Marinade and Sauce:

  • Taco Salad with Baja Lime Dressing

    Adapted from Half Baked Harvest.

    Salad Ingredients:

    • 2 TBSP olive oil
    • 1 lb. ground chicken
    • 2-3 tsp. chipotle chili powder
    • 1 TBSP smoked paprika
    • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1/2 c. water
    • 1/3 c. cilantro, chopped
    • 6 c. mixed leafy greens or Romaine lettuce
    • 1 c. grape tomatoes, halved
    • Roasted corn
    • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 avocado, sliced
    • 1 mango, diced
    • crushed tortilla chips or strips

    Baja Lime Dressing Ingredients:

    • 1 c. plain Greek yogurt
    • 1/4 – 1/2 c. mayo, optional
    • juice of 2 limes
    • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tsp. honey
    • 1 jalapeño, seeded if desired
    • 1 TBSP pickled jalapenos with juice, to taste
    • 1/4 c. fresh cilantro
    • Salt, to taste
    • 1 TBSP chopped fresh chives, optional

    Directions:

    1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the ground chicken and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the chipotle chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Add 1/2 cup of water and cook, stirring occasionally, until the water has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro.
    2. To make the dressing. Combine all ingredients except the chives in a blender and pulse or food processor until mostly smooth. Stir in the chives. Dressing will keep for 1 week in the fridge.
    3. In a large salad bowl, combine the greens, black beans, tomatoes, roasted corn, avocado, and mango. Top the salad with the taco meat and then drizzle with the dressing. Toss to combine and then top with tortilla chips. Enjoy! 

    Taco Salad with Baja Lime Dressing:

  • Caesar Salad Dressing

    This Caesar dressing is so easy to make and tastes so good. So much better than anything you can buy at the grocery store.

    Makes about 1 and 1/3 c.

    From: Once Upon a Chef

    Ingredients:

    • 2 small garlic cloves, minced or pressed
    • 1 tsp. anchovy paste
    • 2 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one lemon
    • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
    • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 c. mayonnaise
    • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan
    • 1/4 tsp. salt
    • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

    Directions:

    1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the garlic, anchovy paste, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
    2. Add the mayonnaise, Parmesan, salt and pepper and whisk until well combined.
    3. Taste and adjust to your liking. The dressing will keep well in the fridge for about a week.

    Caesar Salad Dressing: