Mediterranean Spinach and Orzo Salad

We are having friends over for dinner later and tonight’s dinner theme is a Mediterranean one.  I am not going to give away the whole meal just yet, but I will share this quick and easy salad I made earlier.  It’s in the fridge just chilling for later.  You will just have to wait to see what the rest of the meal is later.  🙂

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This colorful salad is full of fresh ingredients.  It is a cool salad just perfect for those hot days.

 

Mediterranean Spinach and Orzo Salad

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1 can or 2 cups chicken broth

1 1/2 cups orzo

4 cups spinach, chopped and stems removed

2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in 1/2

2 cans either garbanzo beans or cannellini beans, drained

1/4 red onion, diced fine

1/4 green onions, sliced thin

1/2-3/4 cup toasted pecans, chopped

2 TBSP fresh parsley, chopped fine

2 TBSP lemon verbena, chopped fine, optional

1/2 cup olive oil

2 TBSP lemon juice

2 TBSP white wine vinegar

salt & pepper to taste

1 TBSP garlic

1-2 tsp Tabasco, or hot sauce

 

Bring the chicken broth to a boil, then add the orzo and cook for about 8-10 minutes, or until the orzo is completely cooked.  Drain completely and cool.

Unless I have a lot of nuts, I usually just toast them in a skillet with no oil for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

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Combine the cooled orzo, beans, spinach, tomatoes, nuts and onions.

Whisk the oil, vinegar, lemon juice, Tabasco, garlic and seasonings and herbs together.

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Toss the dressing together with the rest of the ingredients, mixing everything thoroughly.  Chill in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

I meant to grab garbanzo beans from my basement, but did not realize I accidentally grabbed cannellini beans instead.  Oh well.  I love them both, and both will work just fine.

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Stay safe and stay well Everyone.  ‘Til next time.

 

 

 

 

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

11 thoughts on “Mediterranean Spinach and Orzo Salad”

  1. This is one of our favorite dishes – we used to make it all the time! I have never thought of adding nuts to it though. That would definitely give it a pleasant texture. I am going to try that next time.

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