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Spinach and Orzo Salad For One

This delightful spinach and orzo salad is sure to become one of your favorite salad recipes. Delicate orzo pasta mixed with creamy Feta cheese, toasted pine nuts, chopped red onions, sun-dried tomatoes and Kalamata olives, then tossed with a simple balsamic vinaigrette. Light, hearty and so delicious!

a spinach and orzo salad in a pink bowl on a silver tray.

This spinach and orzo salad recipe has been a favorite recipe of mine for many years.

This simple orzo salad is so easy to make and is filled with such wonderful and flavorful ingredients.

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Why This Recipe Works

I actually still make my large batch spinach and orzo salad to take to potlucks and other family gatherings. It's a salad that's loved by everyone and if you're looking for a large batch orzo salad recipe, please check out the recipe on our Zagleft website.

This single serving spinach and orzo salad is the very same salad I've enjoyed for so long, with the very same ingredients, just in a very scaled down size.

In fact, this salad is the perfect amount for one or two people. If you eat it as a main dish, then count on it being the perfect amount for you. If you're serving this salad with a protein, such as grilled chicken or fish, then it's ideal for sharing.

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ingredients for orzo salad in a bowl- orzo, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, onions, kalamata olives, and feta cheese

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Pasta: Use 2-ounces of uncooked orzo pasta. This type of pasta is shaped like a large grain of rice. 2-ounces of dried orzo is 1/3 cup. See below for ways to use up leftover ingredients.
  • Vegetables: We add in finely chopped fresh spinach and chopped red onions.
  • Additional add-ins: Feta cheese, toasted pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, and kalamata olives. These ingredients add tremendous flavor to this Mediterranean Greek salad.
  • Orzo salad dressing: We make a homemade dressing with equal parts of olive oil and balsamic vinegar along with a pinch of black pepper and dried basil.

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Cook the orzo. Drain, rinse in cold water and set aside.
  2. Toss the spinach, feta cheese, onions, pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, and kalamata olives in a large bowl. Add the cooked orzo and stir well.
  3. Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dried basil, and pepper. Pour over the spinach and orzo salad and toss.
  4. Taste salad and add salt to taste if necessary.
  5. Refrigerate and serve cold.
Mixing orzo, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, onions, kalamata olives, and feta cheese in a bowl

Expert Tips

  • You can make this spinach and orzo salad ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator. You can even double the ingredients to make more if you'd like.
  • Feel free to use the ingredient amounts listed in the recipe as a guide and add more or less depending on your preferences.
  • You might like to consider adding cooked, chopped bacon to your orzo salad.

What To Do With Leftover Ingredients?

You might like to consider using any ingredients that you might have left over in any of these single serving recipes:

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Serve With Spinach and Orzo Salad?

This orzo salad makes a hearty and delicious main dish meal but you might like to consider enjoying it as a side dish and serving it with any of these single serving recipes:
Pork Tenderloin
Chicken Margherita
Giant Italian Meatball

How Should I Store Orzo Salad?

This spinach and orzo salad recipe can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator until you're ready to enjoy it.

How Long Will Spinach and Orzo Salad Last?

It will keep fresh for 2-3 days and as the salad sits in the fridge, the flavors really come together.

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A bowl of spinach and orzo topped with feta cheese, kalamata olives, and sun-dried tomatoes

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spinach and orzo salad

Spinach and Orzo Salad For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main/Salad
Cuisine: Salad
Keywords: orzo, orzo salad, salad, spinach
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 440kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces uncooked orzo pasta (1/3 cup)
  • 2 ounces spinach leaves , finely chopped
  • 1 ounce Feta cheese crumbles
  • 1 ounce chopped red onions
  • 1 ounce toasted pine nuts
  • 1 ounce sun-dried tomatoes , chopped
  • 1 ounce sliced Kalamata olives
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • pinch kosher salt , optional

Instructions

  • Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Add the orzo and cook for about 8 minutes or until al dente. Drain, rinse in cold water and set aside.
  • Toss the spinach, Feta cheese, onions, pine nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, and Kalamata olives in a large bowl. Add the cooked orzo and stir well.
  • Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dried basil, and pepper. Pour over the spinach and orzo salad and toss.
  • Taste salad and add salt to taste if necessary.
  • Refrigerate and serve cold.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • You can make this spinach and orzo salad ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator. You can even double the ingredients to make more if you'd like.
  • Feel free to use the ingredient amounts listed in the recipe as a guide and add more or less depending on your preferences.
  • You might like to consider adding cooked, chopped bacon to your orzo salad.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 442mg | Potassium: 830mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2900IU | Vitamin C: 14.6mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 3.4mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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9 thoughts on “Spinach and Orzo Salad For One”

  1. 5 stars
    Very flavorful and delicious, ate half with my Lasagna for one and had the remaining salad for a lunch side. Awesome side salad! Do you have a Chickpea salad recipe or Pea salad recipe for one?!? Love Summer Salads.

  2. 5 stars
    This is so incredibly good! I used sun dried tomatoes in herbed oil and used the oil from them in the recipe. I’ve made it several times because cravings! Good without the cheese as well.

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