FIT Hits the PAN Friday – Lemony Greek Orzo Salad

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Summer is here and with the heat comes the need for lighter meals. Cold pasta salads and soups are a great option when it is 90+ degrees outside. Orzo (orso) is a great recipe base because of its versatility. Orzo, also risoni, is a form of short-cut pasta, shaped like a large grain of rice. It tends to take on the flavor of whatever you put it with and doesn’t try to be the star of the show. The recipe I am sharing today is one of my favorites and could be made with any pasta or rice. You can control the portion size as well so it is perfect for a large party or dinner for two. orzo-jpg

Lemony Greek Orzo Salad (Serves 6)
*I substituted 4 drops of doTERRA Lemon Oil for the fresh lemons. I love cooking with essential oils because unlike fresh produce, I do not have to worry about them spoiling before I can use them! doterra-lemon

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup orzo cooked and cooled (follow instructions on the box)
  • 1/2 – 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil drizzled on cooked orzo to prevent sticking
  • juice from 1/2 half lemon or 4 drops doTERRA Lemon Oil
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 roma tomato, seeded and diced
  • 10 kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients in large bowl and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
Serve and Enjoy!

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Gardening this summer? The warmer weather brings a multitude of pests; ants, aphids, web worms, caterpillars and let’s not forget the trusty snail. Snails did a number on my squash before I knew about oils in the garden. 😦 Never fear! You can garden without pesticides! Here are some essential oils that can help keep your garden healthy and thriving and your family safe!

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