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Easy Summer Salad: Orzo with Baby Spinach, Feta & Pinenuts

orzo pasta salad

So, listen, it’s been almost a full year since I shared the Cold Quinoa Salad recipe with you. Since then, I have circulated this one salad in my repertoire so many times in the last year that even I’m sick of it!

On Tuesday of this week, Hubby and I had my parents over for a belated Mother’s Day and early Father’s Day celebration and I decided to try out not one but two (!) new salad recipes. To everyone’s mighty surprise, they both turned out super delish. Since they were easy (heck, I pulled them off!) I thought you might enjoy taking a look too.

The one I’m sharing today is made with orza pasta. These are not particularly abundant in my local grocery store, but note that of the two brands available one was $6 and one was $2. You can trust me that the $2 one was just fine. The recipe makes quite a lot and Stella and I have been eagerly eating up the leftovers for lunch. In our house, we call this a winner.

I pulled the recipe off of AllRecipes.com. Besides the orza, all of the ingredients were readily available in our cupboard already and there was only one step in the directions (more winning!).

Ingredients:

1 package (500 gram) of uncooked orzo

1 package (300 gram) of baby spinach leaves, finely chopped

225 grams of crumbled feta cheese

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

3/4 cup pine nuts

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (I didn’t use quite this much)

Directions:

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add orzo and cook for 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in spinach, feta, onion, pine nuts, basil, and white pepper. Toss with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Refrigerate and serve cold.

P.S. I’m not sure what you thought about trying to use the Rafflecopter form to enter the Little Ray’s Reptiles giveaway, but I am going to try it once more on Monday. It is for a seriously AWESOME prize, and you don’t need to be an Ottawa local to enjoy it! 

P.P.S. If you use Pinterest and want to pin this to your recipe boards, you can click on the little red “Share” button below. I’m also going to start up a recipe board on my Pinterest site so I can keep these things handy too. 

P.P.P.S. I promise to share the second salad recipe with you soon too. But I gotta love you and leave you right now! xo

P.P.P.P.S. Gah! I just noticed that when I tried to get all fancy with my photo above, I made a typing error and “orzo” is spelled “orza” … oh well, that will have to do for now …

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Comments

  1. That looks delicious! Very summery and light. I thibk it eill be a fav in my house.

  2. lol that ‘orza’ was the first thing I read lol, I did the same thing with an image yesterday on my blog! It’s been a long time since I’ve had an orzo salad, can’t wait for it to get warm outside to enjoy cold summer salads again!

  3. I love Orzo! This salad looks truly fantastic. What a yummy and healthy option for summer.

  4. What a perfect summer time, on the patio salad. So fresh and tasty!

  5. I love orzo. I have a recipe for it with chicken and dill, I’ll have to dig that up. But first, I want to try this one!

  6. This looks sooo yummy!! I just may try it!!

  7. Mmmmm sounds delicious! I make a very similar one with exactly the same ingredients,but substitute grilled veggies for the spinach and add lots of fresh basil – it’s a winner, too – give it a try!

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  10. not sure if anyone noticed but there’s a part missing in the balsamic vinegar measure :)

    1/2 balsamic vinegar (I didn’t use quite this much)

    1/2 cup?
    1/2 tbsp?
    1/2?

    would like to try this .. :)

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