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Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus, Spinach, and Feta

Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus, Spinach, and Feta

We have been really busy lately, but this weekend we were able to kick back and relax, and for me, that meant spending most of my time in the kitchen. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. It was so much fun. Josh was a good sport too-he helped me create some fabulous recipes and did a lot of dishes:) One of my favorite creations was the lemon orzo salad we made on Saturday for lunch.

Orzo is a pasta that is similar to rice in shape, but a little thicker and larger. I love making pasta salads with it. Even though it was cold and snowy outside, I was in the mood for fresh, healthy, spring foods. I incorporated lemon, asparagus, and spinach-ingredients that scream spring to me.  I sprinkled feta cheese on top of the salad and it was the perfect touch.

This salad is simple and fresh. I loved the crunchy asparagus with the tender, lemony orzo. The spinach added additional green goodness too. Make this salad for a light lunch or serve it as a side dish to any spring meal. You will be amazed by how easy it is to make and how delicious it is to eat.

On a side note, who is watching the big game tonight? We are. I think I might cheer for the under dogs, Butler, but I have a feeling Duke will win. Josh is making his famous hot wings. Should be a fun game.

Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus, Spinach, and Feta

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 cup orzo
Salt-about 1/2 tsp. for boiling water
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon olive oil
8 asparagus spears, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup packed fresh spinach
Juice of 1 large lemon
1/3 cup feta cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. In a medium sauce pan, bring 4 cups of water to boil. Add the salt. Stir in orzo. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain orzo and set aside.

2. In a small sauce pan, saute garlic in olive oil. Add in asparagus pieces. Saute for 3-4 minutes. Stir in spinach. Cook until asparagus is tender and the spinach shrinks down.

3. Put the orzo in a medium bowl and add in the vegetables. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the orzo and vegetables. Stir. Season with salt and pepper. Taste-add more lemon juice if you wish. The lemon I used was huge, so I only needed to use one lemon. If you need more juice, go ahead.

4. Sprinkle feta cheese over the top of the salad. Serve warm. (I also liked the salad cold.)

If you like this orzo salad, you might also like:

Spinach and Orzo Salad with Cranberries and Almonds from Aggie’s Kitchen
Orzo Super Salad from 101 Cookbooks
Orzo Salad with Chickpeas, Dill, and Feta and Lemon from Whipped
Orzo Salad from Dlyn

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125 Responses to “Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus, Spinach, and Feta”

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    Aggie — April 5, 2010 @ 4:05 am

    awesome awesome awesome! This looks so fresh and delicious! Love the flavors!

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    Donalyn — April 5, 2010 @ 4:32 am

    That does look really good – and you know I love orzo for salads. We can’t harvest from our plants for two more years, but there is some nice asparagus coming into the stores right now – yum!

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    Erica — April 5, 2010 @ 4:52 am

    I love orzo. This dish screams spring. Just beautiful :) Glad you had a nice weekend- I always enjoy lots of extra time in the kitchen. <3

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    Heather @ Side of Sneakers — April 5, 2010 @ 5:23 am

    This sounds amazing!! I think Duke is going to win, but I’d like to see Butler pull it off!!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — April 5, 2010 @ 6:38 am

    We love orzo! I just recently found whole wheat orzo at my store and am so excited because I had never seen it before. This looks delish. ;)

    • twopeas replied: — April 5th, 2010 @ 9:26 am

      Jessica-I am going to look for whole wheat orzo. I hope I can find some:)

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    Rosa — April 5, 2010 @ 6:40 am

    Wonderfully spring-like!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    kat — April 5, 2010 @ 6:56 am

    Now that is a fantastic looking spring salad!

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    Dee Asay — April 5, 2010 @ 6:58 am

    That looks like a good spring meal.

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    Cara — April 5, 2010 @ 6:58 am

    Sounds wonderful! I bet it would be great with some tuna as well, if you wanted to add a protein.

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    Jessica — April 5, 2010 @ 7:37 am

    I love when asparagus is in season! Beautiful salad!

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    bridget {bake at 350} — April 5, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    Wow…LOVE orzo, love these ingredients! This is a MUST MAKE!

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    Jenny Flake — April 5, 2010 @ 7:44 am

    YUMMY Maria! I could use a nice plate of this today!!

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    Michelle — April 5, 2010 @ 8:00 am

    Delicious sounding salad and perfect for a warm weather meal!

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    Maggy — April 5, 2010 @ 8:04 am

    I LOVE Orzo. This looks like a great Spring dinner.

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — April 5, 2010 @ 8:08 am

    I could eat this for dinner & be a happy camper. Beautiful!

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    Brooke (Baking with Basil) — April 5, 2010 @ 8:15 am

    I made your Roasted Asparagus recipe over the weekend and it was awesome! My family loved it! I have some leftover asparagus and this looks like a perfect way to use it up!! Happy Easter!

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    bellini valli — April 5, 2010 @ 8:19 am

    This sounds delicious!!! I have some beautiful asparagus waiting for me to come up with something.

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    Pam — April 5, 2010 @ 8:35 am

    Love it! This is such a light and flavorful dish – nicely done.

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    Becky O. — April 5, 2010 @ 9:07 am

    this looks so perfect for spring. i can just tell that all of these texture really play well of each other. i’d love to serve this as a side next to a great grilled steak, salmon or chicken!

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    courtney — April 5, 2010 @ 9:10 am

    Sending myself this recipe right now, can’t WAIT to try! Looks amazing, I love asparagus.
    Courtney

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    Mckenzie Dowler — April 5, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    This looks super yummy! Can’t wait to be outta the dorm so I can make this in my very own kitchen!

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    Cookin' Canuck — April 5, 2010 @ 9:32 am

    This looks so fresh and delicious, Maria! We’re definitely cheering for Butler tonight – I’m a sucker for the underdog.

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    Jen @ How To: Simplify — April 5, 2010 @ 9:40 am

    This looks so fresh and delicious!

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    This dish is perfection. I love every single component!

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    jen — April 5, 2010 @ 9:47 am

    we just had a dish very similar to this last week, with lemon, a little tumeric and cumin. I will definitely try this version, asparagus is rampant!

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    carrian — April 5, 2010 @ 9:52 am

    yes, please!

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    Lynda — April 5, 2010 @ 9:57 am

    What a lovely springtime recipe. I love the combination of asparagus, spinach, lemon and feta!

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    Jake — April 5, 2010 @ 10:07 am

    I think I will try this tonight. It looks like a delicious little salad.

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    Mary — April 5, 2010 @ 10:23 am

    This looks wonderful, Maria. I’ll bet this would be marvelous with lamb. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    The Healthy Hostess — April 5, 2010 @ 10:27 am

    This is a great dish! I have saved the recipe to use when I have company sometime this spring! How pretty too! Thanks!

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    Tracy — April 5, 2010 @ 10:30 am

    Looks great and perfectly healthy!

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    Joanne — April 5, 2010 @ 10:35 am

    A weekend filled with cooking sounds ideal to me! I love the seasonal flavors of this salad. I have been so enamored with asparagus lately and can’t get enough ideas for using it up!

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    megan — April 5, 2010 @ 11:12 am

    yum, it looks so perfect for spring! I never think to make pasta salads, but I love eating them. I don’t think i can get my husband to eat cold asparagus, but oh well…more for me! :)

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    teresa — April 5, 2010 @ 11:21 am

    this is gorgeous maria! pure spring on a plate! it looks so clean and healthy too!

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    Dana — April 5, 2010 @ 11:54 am

    Looks perfect Maria! I have always loved orzo and I think it’s great in salads. We don’t have snow here but cold temps and lots of rain and I am so ready for spring! Guess I’ll just have to have it in salad form.

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    Bridgett — April 5, 2010 @ 11:58 am

    This looks so fresh and satisfying. A perfect salad for a picnic too.

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    bunkycooks — April 5, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

    What a beautiful Spring salad. I love orzo flavored with lemon!

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    susan from food blogga — April 5, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

    What a cheerful combination of spring time delights!

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    Natalie (The Sweets Life) — April 5, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

    yum! so simple, so perfect for spring! adding this to my to-make list!

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    Tracey — April 5, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

    Great combination of ingredients Maria – I love all of them! This would be a wonderful side.

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