Spinach Feta and Orzo Salad

    20 min

    This is a light and refreshing pasta salad. Orzo is tossed with spinach, pine nuts and feta cheese in an olive oil-balsamic dressing. Enjoy as is or serve as a side dish.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 450g uncooked orzo pasta
    • 285g baby spinach leaves, finely chopped
    • 225g crumbled feta cheese
    • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
    • 100g pine nuts
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
    • 125ml olive oil
    • 125ml balsamic vinegar

    Prep:20min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the 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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    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!  -  17 Jun 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    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).  -  29 Nov 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    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.  -  20 Apr 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)