Spring Treat: Healthy and Tasty Salad with Spinach and Orzo!
When I was a kid, a lot of salads were shredded carrot, tomato, and iceberg lettuce. Nowadays, there are so many wonderful and interesting salad recipes that there’s no excuse for a boring bowl.
So here’s a great recipe for a nice and savory salad with fresh spinach and tasty orzo pasta. Best of all, it’s quick and easy to make.
Let’s get started!
What You’ll Need*
Baby Spinach Leafs (10 oz., chopped finely)
Orzo Pasta (16 oz., uncooked)
1/2 Red Onion (chopped finely)
Feta Cheese (1/2 pound, crumbled)
Pine Nuts (3/4 cup)
Olive Oil (1/2 cup)
Balsamic Vinegar (1/2 cup)
Ground White Pepper (1/4 teaspoon)
Dried Basil (1/2 teaspoon)
*These proportions make for a lot of salad. Depending on the occasion, you may want to half or quarter the amounts listed here.
Let’s Get Cooking!
Begin by cooking the pasta (lightly salt the water for flavor). You only want to cook the pasta for 8 to 10 minutes so that it’s al dente.
Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and then use cold water to rinse it. Pop the pasta into a large bowl.
Now that the pasta’s ready, mix in the finely chopped spinach, red onion, feta cheese, basil, pepper, and pine nuts.
Once the salad is mixed, toss it with the balsamic vinegar and the olive oil.
Cover the salad and refrigerate it until it’s nice and cold. Now it’s ready to serve!
There you go! A great tasting and pretty darn easy salad that’s perfect for potlucks, barbecues, or just everyday dinners.