Spinach and Orzo Salad

I have a few go-to lunch salads that I make over and over again and never tire. 

This salad is one of my favorite lunch salads to toss together. I love the texture of orzo, so adding it to a salad? Yes, please! 

The salad is quite simple, but it is easily customizable - think Greek Salad with a fresh, new twist! You could add pepperoncini, feta cheese, or better yet, grill Halloumi to go on top - YUM!

SpinachandOrzoSaladBaileyRaesKitchen

Spinach and Orzo Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 oz baby spinach 
  • 1 lb of cooked orzo 
  • 1 cup of pitted kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1 cup of peppadews, chopped
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup of fresh mint or basil
  • optional add-in's: feta cheese, pepperoncini, cherry tomatoes, grilled halloumi

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl toss together the orzo, olives, peppadews, red onion, garlic and any other ingredients you want to add-in. 
  2. Add the spinach and gently toss to combine.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper, and top with fresh mint of basil. Toss and serve.