Orzo, Spinach & Feta Cheese Summer Salad

In Foodie Tips & Tidbits by Christine McKellar

summer pasta and spinach saladThe summer heat is creeping in on little damp feet this year in Vegas. For for those of us who live here year round this is a welcome relief from 100-degree late May and early June weather. It’s still cool enough to enjoy some outdoor patio dining. Here’s a lovely easy-to-make orzo, spinach and feta cheese salad recipe perfect for early and light dining.

 

Orzo, Spinach & Feta Cheese Summer Salad

 

Ingredients:

1 (16 ounce) package uncooked orzo pasta

1 (10 ounce) package baby spinach leaves, finely chopped

1/2 pound crumbled feta cheese

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

3/4 cup pine nuts

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

 

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add orzo and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse with cold water. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in spinach, feta, onion, pine nuts, basil and white pepper. Toss with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Refrigerate and serve cold.