Spinach Orzo Salad

Spinach Orzo Salad

  • Prep time: 15 mins
  • Cook time: 5 mins
  • Servings: 4-6
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Ingredients
  • 8 oz. orzo (can be found in the pasta aisle at most grocery stores)
  • 3 cups chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. tahini sauce (try Trader Joe's brand)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the orzo according to the package instructions. Rinse and drain with cold water to cool quickly.
  2. Purée half the spinach and half the basil in a food processor or blender with half the olive oil.
  3. Add in the orzo and the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Chill before serving.
Notes

OK, I know what you're thinking: "WTF is orzo?!" Orzo is a form of pasta that looks a lot like rice. Why is it awesome? Well for starters, it's cheap (and a little bit goes a long way). Second, you can mix it with almost anything and end up with something drool-worthy. Enter spinach and orzo salad—this quick pasta salad is packed with flavor. And a little secret: It tastes even better the next day!

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