Red and yellow peppers, diced cucumber, tender spinach and lemon juice gives a fresh touch to orzo pasta, kalamata olives and feta cheese.

Yield: 5 servings



Difficulty Rating: Easy

Nutritional Highlights: Per serving: 453 calories, 14.9 g protein, 119% recommended daily value (RDV) of vitamin C, 58% RDV of vitamin A, 24% RDV of iron.

Recipe Created By:
Recipe From: Tennessee Home and Farm

Ingredients

  • 1 pound orzo pasta
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup kalamata olives
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Lemon Vinaigrette:

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
 
 

Tips & Notes

Not a fan of olives? Simply omit them or substitute with other fresh veggies. Or, browse more pasta salad recipes.


 
 

Instructions


  1. To prepare vinaigrette, whisk lemon juice, salt and oregano. Add olive oil in a slow, steady stream while whisking constantly.

  2. Cook orzo according to package directions.

  3. When cooked, run under cool water until room temperature. Drain completely.

  4. Toss orzo with vinaigrette and salt to taste.

  5. Add remaining vegetables and adjust seasonings, if necessary.

  6. Serve at room temperature topped with feta cheese.


Nutrition Facts for Ingredients (per serving): Calories – 363, Fat – 8.6g, Dietary Fiber – 2.0g, Protein – 14.8g, Vitamin A – 57%, Vitamin C – 110%, Calcium – 16%, Iron – 24%.


Nutrition Facts for Lemon Vinaigrette (per serving): Calories – 90, Fat – 10.2g, Protein –0.1g.


**Nutrition information is calculated using an online calorie calculator. Variations may exist. Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.


Recipe From: Farm Flavor - www.farmflavor.com
http://farmflavor.com/mediterranean-orzo-salad/
 

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Comments

  1. Jessy Yancey says:

    Linked up at Whole Foods Wednesday and Whole Food Wednesdays (similar, but different!).

  2. Joan says:

    Hi
    Do you happen to have any nutrition information on this?

    • Jessy Yancey says:

      Hi Joan,

      Sorry, but we don’t provide the nutrition information for most of our recipes. However, you can plug the ingredients into a website such as http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php to find out specifics. It looks like this recipe has about 450 calories per serving (5 servings total) and is very high in vitamin C and a good source of vitamin A and thiamin.

      Hope this helps!
      Jessy Yancey
      editor
      Farm Flavor