Absolutely the perfect salad for summer, to eat while watching the world cup soccer games or just for any occasion. Healthy, fresh and full with colors!
I know, I know, always looking for recipes to “lose weight” (a mission impossible for me by the way), but what can I tell you…. I have to try no matter what.
Meanwhile, hope you enjoy the summer and this post!
::Orzo, Spinach & Feta Cheese Salad::
3/4 pound orzo
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 small clove of garlic, minced
pinch of dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
3 ounces spinach leaves, washed and torn into bite-size pieces
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup Kalamata olive, pitted and sliced
1/2 cup scallions, minced
2 teaspoons capers, rinsed and drained
3 tablespoons feta cheese, crumbled
3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted.
Garbanzo beans (if desired)
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add orzo and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente.
In a small pan, warm oil over medium-low heat. Sauté garlic until lightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer garlic and whatever oil remains in the pan to a bowl.
Add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, salt and pepper; whisk to combine. Add spinach and toss lightly. Add orzo, olives, capers, feta cheese, scallions, oregano and cumin. Toss with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Top with crumble feta and pine nuts. Refrigerate and serve cold.