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Sunday, April 25, 2010

spinach orzo salad

for suprisingly few ingredients, it can be a little time consuming to make, FYI...but very much worth it!

1 lb orzo (recipe calls for it to be cooked in chicken stock to add flavor; you can omit, use water, vegetable stock...)
drain, if necessary, and add 2 Tbs EVOO. i'm usually fine with making 3/4 lb.
2 bunches fresh spinach, chopped
1-2 bunches green onions, chopped
1 c. basil, chopped
1 c. feta, crumbled
3/4 c. pine nuts, toasted

you can also toss in chicken or shrimp

combine all ingredients and toss with dressing

1/2- 3/4c EVOO
lemon juice and zest, to taste (i adore lemon, and usually end up using the juice and zest from at least 2)
fresh ground pepper, to taste
* i usually end up making a little extra dressing, to add each time i eat leftovers!

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