This Lemon Orzo Salad Recipe with Asparagus, Spinach & Feta is a fresh take on a lunch favorite of mine. Try this simple salad recipe as a perfect light lunch or as a side dish for dinner.
1 cup Orzo
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
8 spears Asparagus, Cut Into 1-inch Pieces
1 cup Fresh Spinach, Packed
1 whole Large Lemon, Juiced
⅓ cups Feta Cheese
Salt And Pepper, to taste
In a medium sauce pan, bring 4 cups of water to boil. Add a little salt. Stir in orzo. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain orzo and set aside.
In a small sauce pan, saute shallot & garlic in olive oil. Add in asparagus pieces. Saute for 3-4 minutes. Stir in spinach. Cook until asparagus is tender and the spinach shrinks down.
Put the orzo in a medium bowl and add in the vegetables. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the orzo and vegetables. Stir. Season with salt and pepper.
Taste and add more lemon juice if you wish. The lemon I used was huge, so I only needed to use one lemon. If you need more juice, go ahead.
Sprinkle feta cheese over the top of the salad. Serve warm. (I also liked the salad cold.)
Recipe courtesy of tastykitchen.com