Mediterranean Orzo Salad with Feta Vinaigrette

Mediterranean Orzo Salad with Feta Vinaigrette Recipe
Lee Harrelson
Make a colorful dinner salad inspired by the Mediterranean in less than 30 minutes. Use part of the artichoke marinade in the vinaigrette to boost flavor and save time.

Yield:

4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups salad and about 1 tablespoon cheese)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 338
Caloriesfromfat 29 %
Fat 11 g
Satfat 3.8 g
Monofat 2.7 g
Polyfat 0.5 g
Protein 11.9 g
Carbohydrate 52 g
Fiber 5.1 g
Cholesterol 19 mg
Iron 3 mg
Sodium 620 mg
Calcium 138 mg

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked orzo (rice-shaped pasta; about 8 ounces)
2 cups bagged prewashed baby spinach, chopped
1/2 cup chopped drained oil-packed sun-dried tomato halves
3 tablespoons chopped red onion
3 tablespoons chopped pitted kalamata olives
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (6-ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, undrained
3/4 cup (3 ounces) feta cheese, crumbled and divided

Preparation

Cook the orzo according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; rinse with cold water. Combine orzo, spinach, and next 5 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl.

Drain artichokes, reserving marinade. Coarsely chop artichokes, and add artichokes, reserved marinade, and 1/2 cup feta cheese to orzo mixture, tossing gently to coat. Sprinkle each serving with remaining feta cheese.

Note:

Barbara Lauterbach,

June 2005
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