Wild Oats Greek Orzo and Spinach Salad

"I had this at the Wild Oats deli...it is to die for...they have the recipe on their website...so here it is."
 
Wild Oats Greek Orzo and Spinach Salad created by Kumquat the Cats fr
Ready In:
20mins
Ingredients:
14
Serves:
8
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ingredients

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directions

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  • Add orzo and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente and drain.
  • Whisk together the mint, garlic, oregano, red pepper, salt, oil and vinegar, set aside.
  • Place orzo in a large bowl.
  • Stir in spinach, feta, onion, olives, tomatoes and cucumbers.
  • Toss with vinaigrette.
  • Serve immediately or chill for 60 minutes.

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  1. Southern Bug
    This is probably one of my top 5 dishes of all time!! We left out the tomatoes, but otherwise made exactly as stated. I was nervous about the mint being really strong, but it was not at all. Served on Christmas Eve with sliced steak sandwiches and potatoes. Delicious!!!
     
  2. TaterBug
    Wonderful! Thank you.
     
  3. carole in orlando
    This is the best Greek salad I have ever made. I did not use the oil and vinegar dressing, but used Farmer Boy's Greek Salad dressing. I used all the spices, garlic and omitted the red pepper flakes. All else was in the salad. I loved the idea of the chopped fresh spinach and as I am trying to be a Weight Watcher it was about 7 points for 2 cups full. Thanks so much. Carole in Orlando
     
  4. Kumquat the Cats fr
    Excellent recipe, my BF and I both enjoyed this with a few low-fat adjustments. Would have been even better had I added all the feta cheese the recipe called for. Oh well, I thought I had plenty left in the fridge. Instead of cutting up the baby spinach I steamed for about 1 minute, added extra vinegar, 1/2 tablespoon oil and 1/2 cup kalamata olives. Going into my quick and tasty cookbook, thanks!
     
  5. Kumquat the Cats fr
    Wild Oats Greek Orzo and Spinach Salad Created by Kumquat the Cats fr

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