Earlier this year, I found myself in a jam and wound up in the Whole Foods prepared foods section. Desperate to quickly feed a crowd, I purchased a 5-pound container of the Greek Orzo Salad. At $9.99/pound, plus tax, this was not a cheap box of… pasta.
Really?! Fifty bucks for orzo?!
Months later, I was still irked that I had spent so much on a salad, and was determined to make my own version. I had hung onto the lid that listed the ingredients, and took that lid with me to the market. (Actually, I snapped an iPhone photo of that lid and took my phone with me to the market). The good news was that the ingredient list seemed straightforward: orzo, red onion, olives, bell pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, basil, rice wine vinegar, and feta cheese.
To be sure I was doing it right, I even went back to Whole Foods and purchased another half pound of the Greek Orzo Salad; my version would be identical, damnit!
In less than 30 minutes, I had it: a 3.1-pound bowl of Greek Orzo Salad. And it cost me $1.59/pound.
Notes: If you don’t have any of the below ingredients (peppers, tomatoes, onions, basil, spinach, etc.), don’t sweat it. Just go with what you have. Also, I find that the flavors are better the next day, after everything gets a chance to sit together.
Source: Rustic Garden Bistro