Refreshing Summer Orzo Salad59 Reviews
- Prep: 20 min
- Cook: 15 min
- Ready In: 35 min
“This is a wonderfully light salad for those hot summer nights. If you like, it goes well with the addition of either tuna or grilled chicken, and you can vary the amount of feta depending on your taste.” - by prell2k4
Original recipe yields 8 servings
- Bring the chicken broth to a boil over high heat. Add the orzo pasta, and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain well, then pour the orzo into a bowl, and toss with the butter to keep it from sticking; set aside.
- While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, and cook until the garlic softens and the aroma mellows, about 2 minutes. Stir in the basil, thyme, red pepper flakes, and pine nuts. Cook and stir until the pine nuts have toasted to a light golden brown.
- Stir the pine nut mixture into the orzo along with the olives, capers, feta cheese, spinach, and lemon juice. Serve either warm or cold, but it's better the next day.
Amount Per Serving (8 total)
- 553 cal
- 32.3 g
- 49.6 g
Based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Reviews (59)Rate This Recipe
"This salad has good flavor. I especially liked the touch of thyme. I used reduced sodium broth but with feta, capers and kalamata olives it was a bit salty. Next time I would omit the broth and cook t..." See morehe orzo in unsalted water. With all the other great flavors I don't think the broth would be missed. I would also omit the butter and just rinse the pasta to eliminate any sticking. I used fresh basil and thyme and added grape tomatoes to cut the salt taste, it was a nice addition. Did a dry toasting on the nuts and drizzled the oil in the salad. Diced chicken would go very well in this salad. Thank you for the post."
"Yummy!!! This was delicious, and so easy to make. I was just cooking for me, so I halved it, it still made plenty. I skipped the capers and olives because I can't stand them, but next time I make this..." See more (and I will be making this a lot!) I will add them. Shared this at lunch with coworkers and they liked it too, thanks for an easy and delicious recipe! "
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