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Spinach Orzo Salad Recipe

Spinach Orzo Salad Recipe

This incredibly tasty salad couldn’t be any easier to put together, and since it feeds a bunch, you won’t have to double the recipe for potlucks or picnics. Chill it for about an hour to bring out all the fresh flavors. Donna Bardocz — Howell, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:10 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) orzo pasta
  • 1 package (6 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


  • 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. In a small bowl, combine the vinaigrette, basil and pepper. Pour over orzo; toss to coat. Chill until serving. Just before serving, stir in pine nuts. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 249 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 235mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein

Reviews for Spinach Orzo Salad

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Reviewed May. 12, 2015

"This was really good and a healthier alternative to my usual pasta salad."

Reviewed Mar. 6, 2012

"Family favorite. Love how all the flavors come together."

Reviewed Aug. 21, 2011

"Fabulous! I marinated some chicken breasts, and baked them, then chopped them up and added to the salad...a huge hit!"

Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"I really like this salad not only for the taste but the burst of crunch. I used fat free feta and didn't even miss the full fat flavor. Something alittle different but still a refreshing cold salad."

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

"Does anyone know if you can make this recipe into a hot dish? Trying to find the recipe that Macaroni Grill makes!!"

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

"My family loved it and asked for the recipe. It's so much nicer to bring to a barbaque vs. the typical tricolor macaroni salad.

Donna LaPointe Hooksett NH"

Reviewed Sep. 17, 2010

"It is an excellent salad. Very tasty and very easy to make."

Reviewed Sep. 3, 2010

"I have made this several times and it gets eaten up all the time. I also add chopped cucumber to it for some added crunch. Pine nuts are a little pricey so I usually omit them. A great alternative to potato or macaroni salad. Yum!"

Reviewed May. 24, 2010

"Absolutely Fabulous!!!"

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2010

"Very good salad, we enjoyed it and will definately make it again."

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