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

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Whole-Wheat Orzo Salad with Spinach, Grapes, and Parmesan
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
250
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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
13g
19%
Sugar
8g
N/A
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Protein
8g
16%
Carbs
30g
10%
Vitamin A
28µg
3%
Vitamin B6
0.2mg
12.4%
Vitamin C
6mg
11%
Vitamin E
1mg
7%
Vitamin K
32µg
41%
Calcium
117mg
12%
Fiber
2g
7%
Folate (food)
30µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
30µg
8%
Iron
2mg
9%
Magnesium
53mg
13%
Monounsaturated
7g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
1mg
7%
Phosphorus
163mg
23%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
290mg
8%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.1mg
6.9%
Sodium
257mg
11%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
15%
Zinc
1mg
6.7%

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