Orzo Salad with Watermelon & Feta

by Anne Bennett on July 24, 2014

 

Orzo Salad 2

The handout at this week’s Weight Watcher meetings contains a recipe for a salad that may sound trendy to those who are used to eating their watermelon without…condiments.

But this is the year of watermelon salads. The following recipe pairs the fruit with orzo, feta cheese and fresh basil.  I’ve seen a lot of salads with feta and watermelon, (including this one). The saltiness of the cheese pairs well with watermelon’s natural sweetness. And the orzo? Can you think of a salad that isn’t made better by the addition of pasta?

Weight Watchers know that no food is off-limits.  Moderation in all things, pasta no exception. You can dig into this cool, refreshing salad with caloric impunity. It’s considered a side salad, so plan to serve it with something grilled. Our choice last night: one thick, bone-in pork chop* that we grilled and sliced into thin slices to serve three of us.  Remember, moderation in all things.

*Whole Foods sells already-brined pork chops that are ready for the grill. Convenient, moist and tender.

1 cup uncooked orzo
2 cups fresh watermelon, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper

Bring a medium-size pan of salted water to a boil and add orzo. Cook until done, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain orzo and rinse with cold water. Allow to drain completely.

When orzo is cool, toss with remaining ingredients in a medium serving bowl.

Serves 6
WW Points per 3/4 cup serving: 5

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