Recipe of the Month

October 2012: Warm Orzo Salad with Beets and Greens

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 pounds beets w/ greens attached
  • 1/4 cup of pine nuts
  • Small bunch Red Chard (4+ leaves)
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces orzo pasta
  • 3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • kosher salt & fresh ground pepper

Directions

  1. Heat the pine nuts in a dry skillet, over medium heat, until they begin to brown. Watch them carefully, as they will burn quickly. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Peel the beets & chop them into bite-sized pieces. Remove the stems from the beet greens & slice the leaves & red chard into strips. Wash the greens & chard thoroughly to remove any grit.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced red onion & garlic. Cook until the onions are tender & golden brown, about 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium low & add the beet greens & red chard. Cover & cook, tossing occasionally, until the greens are wilted, about 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the beets in a pot of salted water, until just tender, about 10-12 minutes. Remove the beets from the pot using a slotted spoon & set aside. Return the water to a boil & add the orzo. Cook according to package instructions and drain. Add orzo to a bowl, along with beets, pine nuts, beet greens, red chard, & crumbled feta. Toss, season with salt & pepper to taste and serve!

This recipe tastes great alone or served over a bed of Romaine lettuce with a little drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar…yum!

Adapted from food52.com