How to win friends: make them delicious food that’s actually good for them! This Plant Based Party Food spread is super healthy, easy to prepare, and sure to please even the pickiest eaters.
Start by cooking your orzo pasta (I made 3 pounds and had two extra bowls of pasta salad (not shown) to refill the large bowl). I used Whole Foods organic orzo noodles. The way I feel about wheat is that it HAS to be organic. It’s the only way to be sure you’re avoiding GMOs and I am definitely avoiding GMOs. If you are gluten-free, you can certainly opt for gluten-free orzo pasta.
Once you cook the orzo, strain it and rinse it in cool water so it’s ready to be made into pasta salad.
Next, I assembled my fresh & raw ingredients:
- 2 cans of Organic Chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
- Chopped Organic Grape Tomatoes
- Chopped Organic Orange & Yellow Peppers
- Chopped Red Onion
- Chopped Cucumbers
The more veggies the merrier. You can add or substitute your favorites into this recipe. I was trying to stick with the Greek theme. I wanted to add olives but worried that they would scare away the picky eaters. Also, color variation is very important. First, because it guarantees a wide range of nutrients and second, because it looks fabulous!
Finally, toss your orzo and veggies together and coat in the dressing of your choice. I made a quick healthy home made dressing for this pasta salad using:
- equal parts olive oil and red wine vinegar (1 cup of each)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 tsp dijon mustard (optional)
- 2 tbsp honey or agave syrup
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 clove minced garlic (optional)
Depending on how much pasta salad you make, start with one batch of this dressing recipe and then make another if you need it.
Finally, coat the pasta salad in the dressing and sprinkle the entire salad with feta cheese. Cover and refrigerate until party time.
The next dish is a classic Italian tomato, basil, mozzarella platter. If you have garden fresh tomatoes available when you make this, then you are in for a real treat. I chose red and yellow tomatoes because I love color (for the reasons I mentioned above). I also purchased pre-sliced mozzarella because I am all about convenience when I don’t have to sacrifice quality to get it.
Assemble your platter then drizzle it with some EVOO and balsamic glaze. You can also use a bit of salt & pepper if you’d like. So delicious and too easy.
Last but not least, I put together a beautiful bowl of fresh fruit. This spread was definitely a crowd pleaser. It was easy on the budget and served over 20 people. Eat up friends!