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26Aug/120

When You’re Asked to “Bring a Dish”

There are many times during the year where I'm often asked to "bring a dish" to either a potluck, a new mother in need, a family cookout... you name it. And as much as I love cooking long involved things, I often procrastinate until the last minute when it comes to these cooking obligations, leaving me to make something fast and easy. Spinach Orzo Salad fits the bill... and it's delicious too! This summer I have made it at least a dozen times. Sometimes I made it for myself (when farmshare spinach was spilling out of my fridge,) and other times, per request (my mother-in-law specifically asked me to make it for their cookout today.) In addition to being quick and simple, the ingredients are easy to find at any supermarket, and the recipe uses whole units, so nothing is wasted.

Enjoy!

Spinach Orzo Salad

  • 1 lb package of orzo pasta, preferably whole wheat
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 5oz "box" of baby spinach
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 6oz container of feta cheese, crumbled
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook orzo pasta according to package instructions to achieve "al dente" texture. Drain and rinse well with cold tap water in a colander in order to cool pasta and halt cooking.
  2. Pour pasta into a large bowl. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over the pasta and stir. This helps the pasta from sticking together while you prepare the other ingredients.
  3. In a food processor, combine 1/2 the package of spinach with the remaining olive oil. Pulse a few times to make a finely minced pesto. Stir this pesto into the orzo.
  4. Put the remaining spinach on a cutting boards and coarsely chop. Fold this into the orzo.
  5. Pour the vinegar into the orzo salad, incorporating thoroughly. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Lastly, fold in in the feta crumbles.
  7. Cover and store in fridge for at least an hour prior to serving so flavors can meld.

 

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