Marjoram Substitute

Joined Nov 5, 2000
I'm going to a luncheon tomorrow and want to make this salad, I loved the salad at a friend's house, but didn't like marjoram...would flat leaf italian parsley or basil be ok to substitute? I'm growing both of those in my herb garden.


A nice side dish for grilled fish or lamb.
1 pound orzo

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
6 teaspoons finely chopped fresh marjoram
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 cups crumbled feta cheese
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup pitted Kalamata olives, quartered

24 ounces cherry tomatoes, stemmed, halved

Cook orzo in pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain. Rinse under cold water until cool. Drain well. Transfer to large bowl.

Whisk lemon juice, 5 teaspoons marjoram, mustard, and lemon peel in small bowl. Whisk in olive oil. Set aside 2 tablespoons vinaigrette. Add remaining vinaigrette, cheese, onions, and olives to orzo; toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and let stand 2 hours to allow flavors to develop. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate salad and remaining vinaigrette separately.)

Toss tomatoes with reserved vinaigrette. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix tomatoes into orzo. Sprinkle orzo with remaining 1 teaspoon marjoram and serve.

Makes 8 servings.
Joined Nov 5, 2000
Thanks! I'm growing oregano, basil and parsley, should I choose just one or put in a little of all. Deb
Joined Dec 30, 1999
It's difficult to go wrong with fresh herbs. Marjoram is actually a wild form of oregano, so oregano would be the closest. If you use the basil, use it at the end so it will be at the peak of freshness instead of marinating it.
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