SPINACH ORZO SALAD
*3 tablespoons olive oil
*3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
*1 garlic cloves minced
*1/4 teaspoon salt
*dash of red pepper flakes
*1 pound orzo pasta, cooked for 6 minutes
*1 red bell pepper, diced small
*1 yellow bell pepper, diced small
*1 (6 ounce) jar marinated artichokes, drained & chopped (keep liquid)
*5 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
*1/4 cup kalamata olives, sliced thin
*4 green onions, chopped
*1/2 cup red seedless grapes, sliced
*2 small tangerines, peeled & sectioned
*8 ounces baby spinach leaves, lightly chopped
~In a small sauce pan, over low heat, heat up olive oil & minced garlic for 3-5 minutes.
~Remove from heat and allow to sit for at leaf 10 minutes.
~In a large bowl, add chopped vegetables, fruit & cheese.
~Add spinach and mix well.
~Add cooked, drained hot orzo pasta.
~Stir into veggie & fruit mixture.
~Pour artichoke liquid & red wine vinegar into olive oil.
~Add salt & red pepper flakes into olive oil mixture.
~Pour over salad and mix well.
~Chill and enjoy.
`add 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
`add 1/2 cup fresh raspberries