Minted Squash-Orzo Salad
- Kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups orzo pasta
- 4 tablespoons garlic-flavored olive oil
- 1 large yellow squash, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
- Freshly ground pepper
- 6 ounces crumbled feta cheese (about 1 1/4 cups)
- 3/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped, plus more for topping
Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over medium heat. Stir in the orzo and cook as the label directs. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water until cool. Drain, shake off the excess water and transfer to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons garlic olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the squash, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to brown, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature.
Add the squash to the bowl with the orzo. Stir in three-quarters of the feta, the mint, the remaining 2 tablespoons garlic olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Top with the remaining feta and more mint.
Photograph by Yunhee Kim
Recipe courtesy of Claire Robinson for Food Network Magazine