What I remember most from college...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

...is the food!

I'm scared to say this is not too much of an exaggeration.

Philly is filled with amazing restaurants, cafes, and late night hot spots. I was first introduced to the chicken cheese steak here. But after eating Velveeta mac and cheese, pizza, and mozzarella fries at 1:00 am for the umpteenth night in a row, I needed something fresh and healthy.

Hello orzo salad.

I still make this today; usually as a side dish with some chicken kabob or steak.

Want to keep it vegetarian? Add some chickpeas for a little protein and you got a lunch!

1.5 cups orzo, cooked and cooled
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 seedless cucumber, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3- 4 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Mix orzo and veggies in a large bowl. In a separate bowl whisk together olive oil and vinegars. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Taste dressing, if necessary add a little extra vinegar or oil. Pour over orzo and veggies. Stir until well incorporated. Add in feta and toss. Chill in fridge.



  1. This looks so yummy! I might try this recipe this weekend when my husband grills chicken (I swear he can grill year-round!) - Thanks for sharing!!

    xx Ashleigh

  2. This is right up my alley. I seriously love salads like this. The cold, and crisp taste with the red onion & cucumber is my favorite! Thanks for posting this :) looks great! I can't wait to make it sometime. I definitely will :)

  3. This looks amazing, Jennifer! I love Orzo; it's such a fun pasta (weird as that may sound) and anything with that, red onions and feta is bound to be delicious!

  4. i remember college for food too - or, at least the years i was sober...

  5. Ashleigh, that is so funny your husband is still grilling! True man right there. Glad you liked the recipe!! : )) Jen

    Julie, Cold and crisp is where it's at! This is one of those salads you will be snacking on every time you walk by the fridge! : )) Jen

    Janet, haha of course pasta can be fun; wheels, bow-ties, orzo, etc . Let me know what you think when you try it!! : )) Jen

    Actor's diet, hahah I hear ya! There are way to many foggy memories from college. : )) Jen

  6. Yum, I was just looking for a light dinner dish to make up for all the Crack Pie (if you don't know it, look it up!) I "accidentally" ate as a "snack". Perfect!

    1. Haha I have never heard of crack pie; sounds addicting and delicious ; )

      : ))

  7. I love the chickpea idea :) Nice one!

  8. Thank you Maja...
    Your picture makes me miss Paris, the most beautiful place in the world!

    : ))


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