May 6, 2012

Orzo Salad with Spinach, Tomato, Feta

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Here's my take on the light, refreshing orzo salad. It's quick & easy to put together and great for just about anything: lunch, dinner, side, taking to work. I even love just having it in the fridge for quick snacks throughout the day. Fresh basil is also a wonderful addition. To make it vegan, simply leave out the feta and add a little more red wine vinegar for additional flavor - we love it both ways!


Vegan (omit feta)
Gluten-free (with gluten-free orzo)

Ingredients
{For the salad}
1 lb. orzo
6 oz. fresh baby spinach
1 lb. sugar plum (or cherry) tomatoes
6 green onions
6-8 oz. feta

{For the dressing}
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried basil
Salt/pepper

Directions
Make the dressing: combine vinegar, garlic, basil, salt/pepper in a bowl. Slowly add olive oil, whisking to combine.
Cook orzo in salted water according to package instructions.
Meanwhile, halve tomatoes, slice green onions, and roughly chop spinach. Place in a large bowl.
Drain orzo and immediately add to large bowl. Toss. The heat from the orzo will lightly wilt the spinach.
Pour the dressing on top, toss to combine. Add feta and lightly toss.
Can eat immediately, or refrigerate for 1-2 hours and serve cold.

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20 comments:

  1. You've got all of my favorite things all in one dish! And yes...I'll take basil in mine :)

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  2. I love that this dish is so simple with all natural ingredients!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it Ann! Thanks for stopping by :)

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    2. I am new to your site, and a new vegetarian for a 30 day challenge. Thank you so much for this recipe and making this transition easier with flavor packed healthy food.

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    3. Hi Cherrise! You are very welcome, so glad to hear I can help. Way to go with your 30 day challenge!! Hope you have tons of fun trying new recipes and getting creative in the kitchen. Wishing you much health and happiness!

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  4. I discovered your site and I am delighted with your recipes! You should try purslane in your "greek" salads. I love adding it to my salads and have my guests say "What is this?" The Greeks eat it in salads and also cook it even though I do not. But almost every salad has some in it! I always enjoy new discoveries and this orzo salad is right up my alley!

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comments Donna! So happy you stopped by and are enjoying what you see. I had to look up purslane because I've never heard of that before. Sounds like something I need to try! I bet it's fun to have that "secret ingredient" to keep guests on their toes :) I'll certainly keep an eye out for it, thanks for the tip!!

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  5. made this and loved it! Next time I will add olives and cucumbers as well. Thank you for the recipe!

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    1. Hi Erina! That's great to hear, thanks for coming back to let me know! I love the sound of your additions for next time - that will be fantastic for sure :)

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  6. love this salad. next time i will put less orzo or more spinach. the flavor was delish.

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    1. Hi there! Glad to hear you enjoyed it. Fantastic idea putting more spinach or less orzo - I'm right there with ya!

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  7. This will be perfect for bringing to summer BBQs or serving as a side at dinner. I shared the deliciousness with my readers here: http://seektobemerry.blogspot.com/2013/04/spring-eats.html Thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. This recipe is GREAT!! Do you have the calorie count & serving size info??

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    1. Hey Shelly! So glad you like the recipe! Unfortunately I don't provide nutritional stats, but if you'd like to calculate your own you can try this website:
      http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php
      I've heard it's pretty straightforward and easy to use. Hope that helps! :)

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  9. will this sit in the fridge for a few days without getting weird?

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    1. Definitely! It does great in the fridge - I love the leftovers :)

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  10. I just made this last night to go with some grilled steak tips. It was super-easy and tasted fantastic! Even my husband, who is usually not a big fan of feta cheese, LOVED it.

    Now I can't wait to try more of your recipes!

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    1. Hi! Yay - glad you both loved it! Thanks so much for the comment. Hope you enjoy any other recipes you try! :)

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