Monday, December 17, 2012

Prepare Today Homemade- Spinach Orzo Salad

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Spinach Orzo salad is my go-to salad.  It is simple to put together, tastes great, and feeds a crowd.  What really makes this salad taste so good is the balsamic vinegar.  Don't use a cheap balsamic, go for the good stuff.  I love the Lucero brand from California that I bought at Honeyville Grain, but there are many places you can find a good quality balsamic vinegar. 

 Spinach Orzo Salad
16oz Orzo pasta cooked and drained
10oz baby spinach finely chopped
1/2lb feta cheese crumbled
1/2 red onion finely chopped
3/4 C pine nuts (I left these out due to a nut allery)
1/2 t dried basil
1/4 t white pepper
1/2 C olive oil
1/2 C balsamic vinegar

In a large bowl add the orzo, spinach, feta, red onion, and pine nuts.  Stir to combine.  

In a small bowl whisk together the basil, pepper, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Pour over salad and mix to coat.

Chill in the fridge for 2+ hours.  Serve cold.  Serves 8-10.  It tastes really good the next day for lunch :)

Make it with Food Storage:
  • The spinach would have to come from a garden in a situation where a grocery store wasn't available.
  • Switch out the feta cheese for freeze-dried mozzarella.        

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