In a large pot of salted water, boil the orzo pasta for 2 minutes less that directed on its packaging. Drain well and shock the pasta in an ice bath for ten minutes.
Meanwhile, drain the artichoke hearts, reserving the marinade for the dressing to be applied later. Cut the artichoke hearts into bite size pieces and place in a large bowl. Add the grape tomatoes, the cucumber quarter moons (cut 1/4 inch thick), the minced shallot, the feta cheese (I use a herb flavor feta), the black olives, and the parsley. Completely drain the orzo pasta from its ice bath and add to the bowl. Toss well to mix.
In a large mouth mason jar, add the artichoke marinade, minced oregano, minced basil, lemon juice, lemon zest, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Put a lid on the jar and shake it to create an Italian dressing. Pour the dressing over the bowl of salad ingredients, toss to coat and finish with salt and pepper as needed.
Don't over cook the orzo. It should have a slight "bite" to it before it is chilled. It will finish cooking as it cools and will then take the dressing as it would take a sauce.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (199g)|
|Recipe Makes: 6 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 63 (32%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 7g||9 %|
|Saturated Fat 4g||20 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 1.7g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.6g|
|Cholesterol 42.9mg||13 %|
|Sodium 391.4mg||13 %|
|Potassium 370.6mg||10 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 26g||8 %|
|Dietary Fiber 3.2g||13 %|
|Sugars, other 22.8g|
|Protein 9.1g||13 %|
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Calories per serving: 195
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