Spinach and Orzo Salad For One

This delightful Spinach and Orzo Salad recipe 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!

Spinach and orzo salad | one dish kitchen

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

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

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 salad, 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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Spinach and Orzo Salad made with Feta cheese, toasted pine nuts, Kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes and chopped red onions | One Dish Kitchen

Spinach and Orzo Salad

So you know already that this single serving salad contains spinach and orzo pasta but it also contains…

  • Feta cheese
  • Chopped red onions
  • Toasted pine nuts
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Kalamata olives

The homemade salad dressing is made simply with equal parts of olive oil and balsamic vinegar along with a pinch of black pepper and dried basil.

Single serving Spinach and Orzo Salad is perfect for a main dish lunch or will make a lovely side salad when served with a protein such as chicken or fish and will easily serve two. | One Dish Kitchen

What should I do with the leftover orzo?

You’ll only use about 2 ounces of orzo pasta in this recipe but dried pastas will keep for a long time if stored in sealed zip topped bags or containers.

You can also freeze dried pasta for months.

I would suggest you make orzo pasta anytime you’re looking for a very tasty side dish.

I like to enjoy orzo very simply – with a touch of butter, a few chopped fresh herbs and shredded or grated Parmesan cheese.

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This easy to make Spinach and Orzo Salad For One is filled with creamy Feta cheese, toasted pine nuts, chopped red onions, sun-dried tomatoes and Kalamata olives. Tossed with a simple balsamic vinaigrette it's sure to become your very favorite single serving salad! | One Dish Kitchen

Orzo pasta resembles rice, the bits are pretty small. For this reason, I like to serve it very simply and without heavy sauces.

You might like to try cooking orzo in chicken broth instead of water. This adds a wonderful flavor to the pasta.

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This Spinach and Orzo Salad recipe takes under 30 minutes to make. You can make it ahead of time and keep the salad in the refrigerator to enjoy when you’re ready.

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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Spinach and Orzo Salad Recipe

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
Keyword: orzo, salad, spinach
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 440kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 2 ounces uncooked orzo pasta
  • 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 black pepper
  • pinch kosher salt , optional


  • 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.


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
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This easy to make Spinach and Orzo Salad For One is filled with creamy Feta cheese, toasted pine nuts, chopped red onions, sun-dried tomatoes and Kalamata olives. Tossed with a simple balsamic vinaigrette, it’s sure to become your very favorite single serving salad! | One Dish Kitchen | #salad #singleserving #vegetarian #recipesforone #cookingforone #spinach #orzo #pastasalad
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7 thoughts on “Spinach and Orzo Salad For One”

  1. 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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