Recipe By prell2k4
Published Jul 10th
Refreshing Summer Orzo Salad
Prep 20m Cook 15m Additional - Ready In 35m
Servings 8 servings Calories 553.5

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.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 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

Cooking Directions

  1. 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. 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. 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

  • Calories 553.5
  • Carbohydrate 49.6 g
  • Cholesterol 43.6 mg
  • Fat 32.3 g
  • Fiber 3.8 g
  • Protein 19.3 g
  • Saturated Fat 10.8 g
  • Sodium 1004.1 mg
  • Sugar 4.8 g


  1. Dont think I'll be making this again. Wasnt bad but also didnt "WOW" me.
  2. This was delicious! A welcomed change from the regular ol' pasta salad. I used fresh basil and thyme and added them in with the spinach for fresher flavor. Another reviewer suggested dry roasting the pine time I'll do that as brown them up a little better and prevent my garlic from browning. I - Read more ...
  3. Oh wow. This is SO GOOD! Excellent combination of flavors and textures. The only changes I made were to use veg broth and fresh herbs (I added the basil with the spinach rather than sauteing it) and olive oil instead of butter. I'll dry-toast the nuts next time--they seemed a little soggy from toasting in - Read more ...
  4. Loved this recipe! I had almost all the ingredients but not the right AMOUNTS but it still worked out delicous. My package of Feta was only 6 oz. and my pine nut pkg. was only 2.5 oz. AND I was out of olives so omitted them. That being said... you can make this recipe a - Read more ...
  5. This is really tasty. I also skipped the chicken broth used fresh herbs and plain feta. I did add xtra lemon and olive oil as mine turned out a little bit dry... Can't wait to try it tomorrow! Thanks prell2k4!!
  6. Yummy I loved this salad. it was a hit at yesterday's foruth of July celebartion. very easy to make. the only change i made was i had to use regular feta as my local store did not have the flavored. Yumm. thanks Prell for a great salad
  7. I needed to use up a lot of fresh cilantro and this recipe was a great template! Omitted the Italian-style spices in this recipe and used cilantro EVOO and lemon juice in place. Great summer meal with some grilled chicken!
  8. Yummy!!! This was delicious, and so easy to make. I was just cooking for me, so I halved it, it still made plenty. I skipped the capers and olives because I can't stand them, but next time I make this (and I will be making this a lot!) I will add them. Shared this at - Read more ...
  9. Scrumptious! Loved this as well as my family. Delicious flavors loved the fresh spinach capers and the basil feta. This was a delicious and yes Refreshing salad. Thanks Prell2K4! A winner recipe!
  10. This salad has good flavor. I especially liked the touch of thyme. I used reduced sodium broth but with feta, capers and kalamata olives it was a bit salty. Next time I would omit the broth and cook the orzo in unsalted water. With all the other great flavors I don't think the broth would - Read more ...