Spinach and Orzo Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette


I’m attempting to work my means by way of a big tub of spinach this week earlier than it will get wilted, so in the present day I threw a bunch of it into a extremely easy salad with orzo, solar dried tomatoes (one other ingredient I’m attempting to make use of up), and a few of my leftover feta that I’ve stashed within the freezer. I topped all of it off with an excellent easy selfmade balsamic French dressing. I completely LOVE  tremendous easy salad like this. For me this is able to be a terrific gentle lunch, however you could possibly additionally serve it alongside facet a few of your summer season grilling!

I stored my salad easy as a result of, like I stated, I used to be utilizing up leftovers. But, if you wish to take it additional you could possibly all the time add some thinly sliced pink onion, perhaps some kalamata olives, grilled rooster, or chopped artichoke hearts. This salad is tremendous versatile!

Spinach and Orzo Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Spinach and Orzo Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

 

Total Cost: $5.50

Cost Per Serving: $1.38

Serves: four

Ingredients

BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE

  • ¼ cup olive oil $zero.52
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar $zero.22
  • 1 clove garlic, minced $zero.08
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard $zero.03
  • Salt and pepper to style $zero.03

SALAD

  • ½ lb. orzo $zero.50
  • four cups contemporary child spinach $1.50
  • ½ cup solar dried tomatoes $1.50
  • 2oz. feta $1.12

Instructions

  1. Prepare the French dressing first to permit the flavors time to mix. Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, Dijon, about ¼ tsp salt, and a few freshly cracked pepper to a jar or bowl. Whisk till the elements are mixed, or place a lid on the jar and shake for 10-15 seconds. Set the dressing apart.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil to prepare dinner the orzo. Once boiling, add the orzo and proceed to boil till tender. Drain the orzo and permit it to chill simply barely.
  3. While ready for the orzo to prepare dinner, chop the solar dried tomatoes into small items. Place them in a bowl and canopy with sizzling water (I used a ladle filled with boiling water from the pot simply earlier than including the pasta). Let the chopped solar dried tomatoes sit within the sizzling water for about 5 minutes, then drain.
  4. Place the newborn spinach in a big bowl. Add the drained and nonetheless heat orzo to the bowl, together with the soaked solar dried tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese. Pour the balsamic French dressing over prime, then toss till the elements are mixed and coated with French dressing. Serve instantly or refrigerate till able to eat.

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A quick homemade balsamic vinaigrette makes this simple Spinach and Orzo Salad extra special. Serve as a light lunch or a side with dinner. BudgetBytes.com

 

Step by Step Photos

Balsamic VinaigretteMake the balsamic French dressing first to permit the flavors a couple of minutes to mix. This dressing is tremendous straightforward and solely takes about 5 minutes. Add 1/four cup olive oil, 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 clove of minced garlic, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, about 1/four tsp salt, and a few freshly cracked pepper to both a small jar or a bowl. Place a lid on the jar and shake for 10-15 seconds, or whisk it in a bowl till mixed. Set the dressing apart.

Sun Dried TomatoesCook 8oz. (about 1 cup) orzo in keeping with the bundle instructions. Once cooked, drain it in a colander, and let it cool for just some minutes. Meanwhile, put together the solar dried tomatoes. These are the sort that I take advantage of and in my native retailer they’re within the produce division. I used about half of cup of those tomato halves, which was about 11 items. The items are giant, although, so we wish to chop ’em up.

Chopped Sun Dried TomatoesChop the tomatoes into small items. Since these are the dry sort of solar dried tomatoes (versus oil packed), we wish to soften them up some. Place the chopped tomatoes in a bowl and canopy them with sizzling water. I simply ladled some of the boiling water that I used to be boiling for the orzo (earlier than I truly added the orzo) over the tomatoes. Let them sit within the sizzling water for about 5 minutes, then drain them.

Spinach Orzo Tomatoes FetaPlace about four cups of contemporary child spinach in a big bowl. Add the drained and barely cooled orzo (it ought to nonetheless be heat–this helps wilt the spinach only a bit), softened solar dried tomatoes, and a pair of oz. crumbled feta.

Drizzle on Balsamic VinaigretteDrizzle the balsamic French dressing over the salad (I used your complete batch of French dressing).

Mix Spinach and Orzo SaladToss the elements collectively till they’re mixed and coated within the balsamic French dressing. The spinach leaves will soften after a couple of minutes as they take in the dressing and warmth from the orzo. I like to save lots of just a bit of the feta to sprinkle over prime as properly.

A quick homemade balsamic vinaigrette makes this simple Spinach and Orzo Salad extra special. Serve as a light lunch or a side with dinner. BudgetBytes.comAnd that’s it! Could this Spinach and Orzo Salad be any simpler?? Good meals doesn’t need to be difficult.