I think that I like the Greek Orzo Salad Better. In fact, I like it so well that I have decided to make it for St. Patrick's Day Dinner that I am doing. This will make an awesome side salad with the green in the cucumbers and also the green in the dill. I love the creamy texture that goes with the crunch in the green onions (green too!) and the cucumbers along with the medium sized shrimp. The Feta cheese is not over powering, which I was worried about since shrimp and orzo are both mild flavors. I think the Feta Cheese actually pulls the whole salad together and is a great compliment in flavors! No, that is not my Feta fling talking! I also think that I have really overlooked this versatile pasta. The orzo challenge has helped in getting me to rectify this. I started talking about it at work, since I am an electrician, all the guys are looking at me like what?! and I just tell them to tell their wives and they'll understand. Nothing like a vague glassy eyed look to know everyone is enthused. . .hhhmmm. I think I'll just go and call Mom. She will be excited with me!
Cook orzo in a large pot of water. Bring salted water to boiling and cook until tender, about 9 minutes. Stir orzo occasionally. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain well. . .this is important for later.
Transfer to a large bowl and add green onions, feta cheese, chopped dill, lemon juice, and olive oil. Mix well.
Make sure there is no excess water on the cooked medium sized shrimp. Add to salad and mix well. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. '
Mix in cucumber pieces, 3/4 of the cherry tomatoes that have been cut in halves. Arrange whole cucumber rounds and cherry tomato halves around edge of bowl and garnish with the pretty little dill sprigs.
Chill salad until ready to serve. This makes a big bowl of salad but mine only made it 2 days.
Cover and bake for 8 minutes. Take out of oven and stir in parsley and sprinkle Feta Cheese over the top. Continue baking, uncovered, 10 minutes, or until the sauce is all bubbly and the Cod is cooked through. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.