Spinach and Orzo Salad Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Spinach and Orzo Salad Recipe

Spinach and Orzo Salad

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"A light, easy-to-make salad that's pleasing to the palate."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add orzo and cook for 8 to 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.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 17, 2005

This was eaten enthusiastically by the people at a pot luck dinner. Because of time constraints I had to make it the day before. I thought it would allow the flavors to blend, but I wouldn't recommend it since the pasta, cheese and onion all absorbed the dressing and turned brownish from the balsamic vinegar. But it tasted great and the appearance didn't stop anyone from eating it!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 30, 2011

I followed the recipe exactly, and as is, this salad was extremely bland. I had very high hopes for it, but I brought it to a a potluck and no one was impressed. I think it's a good idea, but it definitely needs some tweaking.

Nov 29, 2005

I LOVE this salad. I add sun dried tomatoes and kalamata olives as well. I find that you don't need an entire 10 oz package of baby spinach (I only use about half of a 6 oz bag).

Apr 20, 2004

This was delicious and is a new favorite. I added black olives, artichokes, and sun-dried tomatoes. The recipe makes a TON though, so i had enough for several meals. I served this as a side to "Firecracker Grilled Alaska Salmon" from this site and they went together very well.

Jun 10, 2007

I used farfalle instead of orzo and since my husband does not care for feta, I substituted with a mixture of provolone and mozzarella cheeses. I also added grated Romano, salt, garlic powder and parsley. I toasted the pine nuts for added flavor.

Nov 30, 2002

Oh my this was wonderful. I could've eaten just this for a couple of days and been very happy. I halved the recipe and served it for guests, who demanded the recipe. :) The only changes I made were using fresh basil instead of dried and black pepper instead of white. I know there is a lower fat/calorie feta cheese that I might try next time. Yes there will be a next time on this one!

Sep 11, 2005

Loved it - so good for any occasion. Barely used any Olive Oil - and put the juice of 1 lemon and the balsamic vinegar. Love this also with baby Roma tomatoes, or cherry tomatoes!

Nov 23, 2006

I made this salad for Thanksgiving and added dried cranberries and used half of the oil and vinegar. Absolutely delicious!!! Definately will be making again!


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  • Calories
  • 490 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 49 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 25 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 26.9 g
  • 41%
  • Fiber
  • 3.3 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 15.8 g
  • 32%
  • Sodium
  • 349 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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