It is hard to believe that it’s June already, and summer is just around the corner! Summer has always been my favorite season for a multitude of reasons: my birthday, no school, picnics, barbecues, swimming in outdoor pools, running and biking along the Hudson, lightweight colorful dresses, fresh and simple outdoor meals, farmers market trips, the list goes on!
Today I am going to share with you a delicious meal that is a perfect excuse to dust off your grill and outdoor dining set and invite some friends over for an al fresco dinner!
greek style mixed grill kebobs and pine nut orzo salad
Sourced from Rachael Ray, Serves 4
Ingredients for kebobs:
- 4 cloves garlic, grated or minced
- 4 sprigs fresh oregano, leaves stripped and finely chopped
- 6 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves stripped and finely chopped
- 1/4 cup green olive tapenade
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 lemons, juiced and 1 zested
- 1/3 plus 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 1/2 pounds firm white flesh fish, halibut or swordfish, cut into 12 (2-inch) chunks (I used shrimp instead)
- 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 12 (2-inch) chunks
- Black pepper
- 1/4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
- 1 cup feta cheese crumbles
- 8 Greek hot peppers, for garnish
- 1/4 cup kalamata olives, for garnish
- 2 tomatoes, diced, for garnish
- 1/2 cucumber, diced, for garnish
Preheat grill pan or outdoor grill to medium high. If using wooden skewers, soak them in water to prevent burning.
Place a pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil for the pasta salad. When the water boils, salt it and cook the pasta to al dente.
Grill the chicken 10 to 12 minutes until firm and juices run clear, and the fish for about 6 to 8 minutes, turning the kabobs frequently.
Serve the orzo salad with 3 pieces each of chicken and fish along side. Garnish plates with a couple of hot peppers, olives, tomatoes and cucumbers on each plate.
I didn’t get a picture of a finished plate because it was so delicious that we dug in immediately, but you should be able to get an idea from the pictures I took while cooking that this was an absolutely delectable meal. The shrimp/chicken were packed with flavor from the tapenade, fresh herbs, spices and lemon juice, and the orzo salad was so light and fresh from the cucumbers, feta, tomatoes and had a nice crunch from the pine nuts. That salad alone would make an excellent addition to any picnic.