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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
  • 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


  • 1. Cook orzo according to package directions. Drain ozo; rinse with cold water and drain well.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 1712085 226257
Reviewed May. 12, 2015

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

homelat User ID: 1580007 211566
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2012

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

heydoll User ID: 5721593 117796
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!"

linsvin User ID: 1584655 117794
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."

Luau1205 User ID: 1763335 117789
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!!"

lapodo User ID: 4472715 175605
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"

Anna Marie Kollmann User ID: 1069756 107116
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2010

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

countryjules1964 User ID: 3294346 211565
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!"

sunsign79 User ID: 3584252 117678
Reviewed May. 24, 2010

"Absolutely Fabulous!!!"

dmalcolm User ID: 1042187 186753
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2010

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

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