Food Porn: Orzo Salad with Spinach and Feta

Ever since I discovered Wild Oats Market, I’ve fallen in love with their Orzo Salad with Spinach and Feta. Unfortunately, my wallet hasn’t, since it costs $8.99/lb. So I’ve been searching high and low for a recipe that comes close to theirs – and the other day, I stumbled on it. I now have the honest to goodness store recipe, and I made it last night. It’s virtually a clone, the only change I made was to use crumbled feta because I prefer the taste throughout rather than huge chunks like the recipe calls for.

Orzo Salad with Spinach and Feta

Courtesy of Wild Oats Market

1/3 c. balsamic vinegar
2 cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped
½ tsp. black pepper
½ c. extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. orzo pasta, cooked until al dente and cooled
15 kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
½ c. red onion, diced
½ c. celery, diced
2 stalks green onions, thinly sliced
8 oz. fresh spinach, roughly chopped
½ c. pine nuts, toasted
6 oz. feta cheese, cubed

Whisk the vinegar, garlic, and pepper together. Slowly add olive oil until it begins to thicken and set aside. In a mixing bowl toss pasta, olives, onions, celery, spinach, nuts, and feta cheese until fully combined. Pour vinaigrette over the salad and toss until all the ingredients are covered. Chill at least 1 hour before serving. Tip: toast pine nuts on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven or in a non stick sauté pan over medium heat until golden brown. Be careful not to burn.

7 thoughts on “Food Porn: Orzo Salad with Spinach and Feta

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  2. f00dluv3r

    I love you!!

    I've always wanted this recipe from Whole Foods. I made a double batch tonight and it was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good.

    Now I wish I could get their raw kale salad recipe!

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  4. Kelsee

    Thank you for posting this! I just sampled their salad, and wanted to recreate it myself, too, as I try to be uber-resourceful. 🙂

  5. VB

    Thanks so much for this recipe! Just FYI, even a pared down version of the recipe is really good. I omit the celery, green onions, pine nuts and olives, and the family still loves it!

  6. SFMomma74

    I just bought some of this salad for Whole Foods this evening, and it didn’t seem all that difficult to make, aside from figuring out the dressing. Thank you for posting this…now my wallet won’t be hurting either!!! 🙂

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