Greek Spinach Orzo Salad

Greek Spinach Orzo Salad

Fresh spinach leaves tossed with orzo pasta, fresh tomatoes, red onion, olives, feta cheese, and a light homemade vinaigrette dressing for a colorful and flavorful side salad or lunch!

Yield: 

8 servings or 12 side servings

Ingredients: 

Salad Ingredients:

8 ounces dry orzo pasta
8 or 9 ounces fresh baby spinach
1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced (or half a large one)
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
1 cup (or a 6-oz. jar) pitted Kalamata olives, quartered or halved
1 1/2 cups feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup of your favorite vinaigrette dressing OR use the recipe below

Vinaigrette Ingredients:

3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon oregano
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 tespoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional but tasty)
1/3 cup olive oil

Greek Spinach Orzo Salad

Instructions: 

1. Cook the orzo according to package instructions for al dente. Drain and rinse pasta under cold water to cool. Set aside.

2. Make vinaigrette by combining all vinaigrette ingredients in a blender or jar with tight-sealing lid and blend or shake until dressing is mixed well.

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the drained/cooled orzo, spinach, onion, tomatoes, olives, and feta. Stir dressing into salad to coat well. Stir more than you think you need to...it will help "wilt" the spinach a bit.

Serve at room temperature or chilled.

This salad will keep for a couple days in the fridge, but is best consumed with 24 hours.

Greek Spinach Orzo Salad

Greek Spinach Orzo Salad

Check out my blog post about this recipe!

Additional Notes: 

This recipe was submitted by Dana, and the dressing recipe included was created by her as well. :) Check out her blog post for the original recipe and Dana's photo! :)

Greek Spinach Orzo Salad

Preparation Time: 

15 minutes

Cooking Time: 

~25 minutes (pasta)

Tammy's Review: 

I love this salad! The combination of flavors is absolutely delicious! It's also an attractive dish to serve to guests. I was happily surprised that my small children even liked the strong(er) flavors of the olives, feta, and red onions. This is a great go-to salad recipe for when guests come for dinner! :) My rating: 10/10

Greek Spinach Orzo Salad

Comments

This was the best summertime salad I've ever made. We had last minute guests for dinner and I made this, the flavors were a perfect blend, it was beautiful and a healthy salad. I'll be making the vinagrette for using on regular lettuce salads as well.

Rating: 
5

We normally do very typical, rather plain salads, so this was definitely branching out. SO glad we did. Amazing!! I'm not normally a fan of dressings, but this was was so delicious.

To make it healthier, we may do brown rice next time instead of the orzo.

This paired wonderfully with egg salad sandwiches. Wonderful Sunday afternoon lunch!

Rating: 
5

We thought this salad was fantastic! All of the flavors complemented each other so well. We substituted avocado for the olives and left the feta cheese off, but it was still a favorite at lunch!

Rating: 
5

I have to tell you I tried this over the past weekend ... serving to friends at a tailgating party before a concert. Everyone LOVED it!! I was sure to copy down the recipe for those who wanted it and told them where I found it.

The only two things I changed were: used fresh basil instead of spinach and cut the honey in half, as I am diabetic. I may try this dressing on other pasta salads! Very YUMMY!!!

Rating: 
5

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