Refreshing Summer Orzo Salad


This is a wonderfully light salad for those hot summer nights. If you like, it goes well with the addition of either tuna or grilled chicken, and you can vary the amount of feta depending on your taste.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
8 servings


  • 4 cups chicken broth

  • 1 (16 ounce) package orzo pasta

  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 cup pine nuts

  • 1 cup pitted kalamata olives

  • 1 (2 ounce) jar capers, with liquid

  • 12 ounces basil-flavored feta cheese

  • 1 (10 ounce) bag fresh spinach leaves, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Bring the chicken broth to a boil over high heat. Add the orzo pasta, and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain well, then pour the orzo into a bowl, and toss with the butter to keep it from sticking; set aside.

  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, and cook until the garlic softens and the aroma mellows, about 2 minutes. Stir in the basil, thyme, red pepper flakes, and pine nuts. Cook and stir until the pine nuts have toasted to a light golden brown.

  3. Stir the pine nut mixture into the orzo along with the olives, capers, feta cheese, spinach, and lemon juice. Serve either warm or cold, but it's better the next day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

554 Calories
32g Fat
50g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 554
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 1004mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 12mg 59%
Calcium 273mg 21%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 420mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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