Well, this is awkward. As it’s the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I’m guessing you’re expecting a Turkey Day-themed food post. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen…today. Here’s the deal. It’s only Tuesday. Thanksgiving is Thursday. And since I DO intend to cook for Thanksgiving this year, that would require my cooking a Thanksgiving dish twice: once solely for the blog- before Thanksgiving – and once for the actual day of Thanksgiving. While many food bloggers put up holiday recipes before the actual holiday, so readers can try them out for themselves on the day, I sadly am not one of those blogger..at least not yet. But, I am a food blogger nonetheless, so dammit, I’ll still give you food! And, I must say, depending on how traditional you are, this side dish could serve as a delicious…well side dish..at your holiday feast. (It’s a yummy choice for this fall season regardless). Either way, enjoy the pictures and recipe below, and do look out for an ACTUAL Thanksgiving food post in the near future. And, Thank you (’cause it’s almost Thanksgiving).
Mint & Basil Orzo Side Salad
4 cups chicken broth
1.5 cups orzo
1 can chickpeas
1 crumbled feta cheese
3/4 cup finely chopped red onion
½ cup chopped celery ( I also bought pre-chopped onions and celery for a speedier process!)
2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
For the dressing: Salt & Pepper, Lime juice from fresh lime, White balsamic vinegar (or any dressing of your choice)
Cook orzo in chicken broth until tender, or to your hardness liking (haha. immature. sorry)
Once finished, drain and let cool.
Take the chickpeas,the chopped onions, celery, basil, mint and feta- and place into a serving bowl.
Once cooled to your liking- combine the orzo with the above ingredients.
Add salt, pepper, lime juice and the white balsamic vinegar (or the dressing to your liking) and mix again.
This was a bit like abstract painting- a little bit of this and a little bit of that- taste your orzo dish and it is up to your pallet how little or how much you want of the dressing ingredients.
Once it tastes good, serve it up!!!!