basil pesto

pesto orzo salad aka the crowd pleaser

Apparently it’s supposed to be Autumn in NZ? Well, the sun’s out and t’s scorching hot but I ain’t complaining. Especially as I keep getting invited to BBQs! So tonight I made this epic salad which, from previous experience, I can guarantee is a crowd pleaser! Also, I would like to encourage you all to take more vege options to BBQs!! Vegetarians are already frowned upon/teased/disliked in general (sad but true) so show them and your own body some love by taking a healthier meat-free dish to your next potluck! X

I made a massive salad probably enough to feed 5 or 6 people so feel free to halve the ingredients! In saying that, I like to add lots of veggies, more so in proportion to the orzo as I feel that that way, the dish becomes not only healthier but tastier too!

1 500g packet of organic whole wheat orzo
1 500g packet of frozen baby peas
2 punnet cherry tomatoes (halved)
1 cup basil pesto
1 cup pitted kalamata olives (halved)
1 cup crumbed feta
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Leave the peas on the kitchen counter to thaw – note: if not thawed completely it does not matter at all!

Cook the orzo as per packet instructions.

Drain orzo, rinse and set aside to cool.

Add the remaining ingredients and mix evenly with a spoon.

**do not cook the peas, add them in frozen, this is what makes this dish so delicious!

Taste and further season if needed!

Refrigerate before nom nom X