Orzo and Spinach Salad

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Grace Pulley

By
@Gracie58

Want something a little different in a summer salad? Well here it is. This salad is bursting with flavor and is so quick and easy. You eat serve it as a side salad or add some grilled chicken, or shrimp or even canned tuna and make a light meal. I also add a few grape tomatoes it sometimes to change it up a bit.

This is also a good salad to bring for a picnic or cookout since it holds up well in the heat over mayo-based salads.

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The dressing is what really makes this orzo salad recipe special. The combo of herbs really blends well. From the spicy taste of cumin to the minty taste of thyme, you can taste each spice. This is a great salad to transport if you're heading to a cookout. And, it tastes even better the next day! The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 4 votes

Comments:
Serves:
4
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
10 Min
Method:
No-Cook or Other

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb
    orzo pasta, uncooked
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1/2 c
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 3 Tbsp
    white wine vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp
    lemon juice, fresh
  • 1 tsp
    coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp
    Dijon mustard
  • 1 small
    garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pinch
    dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 3 oz
    fresh spinach leaves, washed and torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1
    red bell peppper, chopped
  • 1/2 c
    Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1/2 c
    scallions, minced
  • 2 tsp
    capers, rinsed and drained
  • 3 Tbsp
    Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 Tbsp
    pine nuts, toasted

How to Make Orzo and Spinach Salad

Step-by-Step

  1. Cook orzo 8 to 10 minutes or al dente. Rinse briefly in cold water and drain. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  2. Prepare dressing by combining remaining oil through cumin, whisking till smooth. Toss with orzo. Add spinach, pepper, olives, scallions, and capers. At this point, salad can be refrigerated several hours. At serving time, add crumbled feta cheese and pine nuts.

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About Orzo and Spinach Salad

Course/Dish: Pasta Salads
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Low Fat
Collections: Summer Recipes, Fresh Finds
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy




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