Greek-Style Orzo Salad

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Greek-Style Orzo Salad
Greek-Style Orzo Salad
Hope Cohen

Greek-Style Orzo Salad

Typically, I don't love pasta salads because of their lack of flavor, but this delicious salad bursts with the sunshine of a Greek island. With the addition of raw spinach, feta cheese, olives, and sun-dried tomatoes, this is a perfect healthy salad served as a light lunch or as an accompaniment to grilled and roasted meats, chicken, and fish. The best news is that the flavors only improve when prepared the day before, which also makes this the perfect picnic or buffet salad!

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6
Servings
335
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 Pound orzo
  • 1 Cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and chopped finely
  • 1 Cup crumbled Greek feta
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf spinach, sliced thinly
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 Tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

Bring a salted pot of water to a boil over high heat. Boil the orzo until just cooked. Rinse with cold water, drain well, and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Bring to room temperature prior to serving.

Greek 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

Greek 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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
17g
27%
Sugar
3g
N/A
Saturated Fat
5g
27%
Cholesterol
22mg
7%
Protein
11g
22%
Carbs
35g
12%
Vitamin A
306µg
34%
Vitamin B12
0.4µg
7%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
14.8%
Vitamin C
23mg
39%
Vitamin D
0.1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
3mg
14%
Vitamin K
282µg
100%
Calcium
216mg
22%
Fiber
4g
15%
Folate (food)
129µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
129µg
32%
Iron
3mg
18%
Magnesium
77mg
19%
Monounsaturated
9g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
8%
Phosphorus
196mg
28%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
525mg
15%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.4mg
21.1%
Sodium
430mg
18%
Thiamin (B1)
0.1mg
9%
Zinc
2mg
11%