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Spinach Orzo Salad

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.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) orzo pasta
  • 6 ounces fresh baby spinach (about 8 cups), finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat balsamic vinaigrette
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted


  • Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain ozo; rinse with cold water and drain well.
  • In a large bowl, combine spinach, onion, cheese and orzo. Mix vinaigrette, basil and pepper; toss gently with spinach mixture. Refrigerate until serving. Stir in pine nuts just before serving.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 255 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 279mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • mjlouk
    May 12, 2015

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

  • homelat
    Mar 6, 2012

    Family favorite. Love how all the flavors come together.

  • heydoll
    Aug 21, 2011

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

  • linsvin
    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.

  • Luau1205
    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!!

  • Anna Marie Kollmann
    Sep 17, 2010

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

  • countryjules1964
    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!

  • sunsign79
    May 24, 2010

    Absolutely Fabulous!!!

  • dmalcolm
    Apr 8, 2010

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