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
390
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
14g
20%
Sugar
11g
12%
Saturated Fat
9g
38%
Cholesterol
36mg
12%
Carbohydrate, by difference
49g
38%
Protein
20g
43%
Vitamin A, RAE
72µg
10%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
4mg
5%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
50µg
56%
Calcium, Ca
322mg
32%
Choline, total
19mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Fluoride, F
5µg
0%
Folate, total
54µg
14%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
71mg
22%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
564mg
81%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
26µg
47%
Sodium, Na
1124mg
75%
Water
92g
3%
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.