This is an outstanding salad, my entire family loves it. After trying it as written several times, and after reading several of the other reviews, I backed off the balsamic to 2T and the dijon to 1T and find the flavors blend perfectly for us. Balsamic vinegar can be a little overwhelming, and I find dijon mustard can be too salty unless used in moderation. The orzo has a nice texture too, never had it before. Great recipe!
Excellent salad! My husband loved it (which surprised me) as well as our guests. The first time I made this, I cut the mustard in half, based on other reviews but left everything else the same.
SO GOOD! This was a great salad. I didn't have any garbanzo's, but I added some seedless cucumber once the rest of the salad was room temperature, with the juice of 1/2 of a lemon. The dressing is great, too. Thanks for posting!
This was very good. Something different than my usual orzo and feta. I left out the garbanzo beans this time also. Next time I will make sure to put them in. Thanks for sharing!
I left out the garbanzo beans but otherwise followed the directions. It was a nice dish to go along with some shrimp I was having. We enjoyed it and I will make it again sometime.
Really a great salad. Even more scrumptious the next day. We thought it had a perfect balance of tastes. Will make again.
This was okay, it tasted fine, just not a wow factor I was looking for....
I think this could use more fresh tomatoes and less balsamic. It really is just too sour with the vinegar, mustard and olives. Perhaps I use a high quality of each and so they have a stronger flavor than most? These are all flavors I love individually, and I love orzo! Will make again with adjustments.
I made this this weekend and loved it. I had to use brown rice as I have looked everywhere and can not find orzo. I hated pitting and slicing the Kalamata olives but that is not your fault!! Today I found pitted Kalamata olives and had to buy them for next time. I loved the taste of the dijon with the balsamic vinegar-I would have never thought of it myself but may try it in some other things it is so good!!
As a vegetarian, i really enjoyed this recipe warm or cold, and it went over great at a company picnic. I doubled the recipe and made a few minor changes because of ingredients i had on hand. I used halved grape tomatoes, regular black olives and i used half orzo and half instant brown rice. Next time i would either eliminate or cut down on the mustard in the dressing as the mustard flavor seemed overpowering. Also i would start preparing the salad ingredients well before starting the orzo as i didn't notice the 'melting' effect. Orzo cooks quickly and it took a while to cut the tomatoes and prepare the dressing. I would certainly make this again. Thanks for sharing!