Friday, September 13, 2013

Spinach Orzo Salad

A few months ago, when we were attending barbecues regularly, we got to try a whole bunch of new recipes. But I have to say, this salad was definitely the best discovery this past summer! My dad, who is an amazing chef, made this for us and instantly we were hooked. I think I've made it a half dozen times since then - each time falling in love with it all over again. It's so flavorful and only takes 20 minutes to prepare. Try it - your friends and family will thank you.



Spinach Orzo Salad
10 SERVINGS 
PREP: 20 minutes           REFRIGERATE: 1 hour            READY IN: 1 hour 20 minutes


  SIMPLE         HEALTHY      YUM
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INGREDIENTS


  • 1 package (16 ounces) orzo pasta
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted (optional)

DIRECTIONS


  1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the spinach, cheese, onion, and orzo. 
  3. In a small bowl, combine the vinaigrette, basil, and pepper. 
  4. Pour dressing over pasta; toss to coat. 
  5. Chill until serving. Just before serving, stir in pine nuts.

NUTRITION FACTS



    3/4 cup serving    249 calories   7g fat   38g carbs    9g protein    

Enjoy!

5 comments:

Consuelo @ Honey & Figs said...

Only 20 minutes to make?? I love this salad and how easy, quick, healthy and delicious it looks. I msut try it anytime soon! :-*

Cambria said...

Gracias Consuelo! This recipe really is fantastic, you'll love it. Love your 3/1 challenge idea - we'll have to join in sometime soon.

Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner said...

Hi - I am such a salad lover! Thanks so much for joining us and linking this to Marvelous Monday - I will be sharing on FB this week!

Cambria said...

That's great, Deb! We're excited you loved this salad as much as we do.

mary gardner said...

This looks really delicious - I am trying it this weekend. Thanks!

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