Whole-Wheat Orzo Salad with Spinach, Grapes, and Parmesan

Whole-Wheat Orzo Salad with Spinach, Grapes, and Parmesan
Staff Writer

Michelle Dudash

The beautiful balance of sweet, sour, and salty tastes comes through in this simple salad. You might want to make a double batch and enjoy leftovers the next day, since hearty spinach stands up to the light lemon vinaigrette.

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4
Servings
353
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1  Cup  dry whole-wheat orzo
  • 2  Tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2  Tablespoons  roughly chopped baby spinach
  • 1 1/4  Cup  halved, seedless red grapes
  • 1/2  Cup  diced celery
  • 1/4  Cup  shelled pistachios, chopped once through
  • 1/4  Cup  thinly sliced scallions
  • 1/4  Cup  shaved or thinly sliced Parmesan cheese
  • 2  Tablespoons  lemon juice
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Fill a medium saucepan halfway with water and bring to a boil on high heat. Stir in the orzo, add 1 pinch of salt, and boil for 8 to 10 minutes until al dente. Drain in a fine colander and pour onto a large plate. Drizzle on 1 tablespoon of oil, separating orzo into sections with a spoon to speed cooling to room temperature.

Toss together in a medium bowl the cooled orzo, remaining tablespoon of oil, spinach, grapes, celery, pistachios, scallions, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

Eat immediately or chill until ready to serve, up to 2 days.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
13g
19%
Sugar
12g
13%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
14mg
5%
Carbohydrate, by difference
50g
38%
Protein
11g
24%
Vitamin A, RAE
89µg
13%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
10mg
13%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
52µg
58%
Calcium, Ca
324mg
32%
Choline, total
22mg
5%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Fluoride, F
5µg
0%
Folate, total
64µg
16%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
72mg
23%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
549mg
78%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
23µg
42%
Sodium, Na
888mg
59%
Water
119g
4%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Orzo Shopping Tip

Stock up on good quality extra-virgin olive oil, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, red wine vinegar, oregano, and lemons – these ingredients are central to Greek cuisine

Orzo Cooking Tip

Simplicity is the secret to Greek cuisine, so paying attention to details such as marinating, seasoning well, and using only the freshest ingredients is key.