This spinach orzo salad with white beans is a simple and healthy summer side dish with the fresh flavors of lemon and basil.
Another summer day, another healthy summer salad. Spinach is good for ya, the white beans add some filling protein, and the shallots add a sharp pop of flavor.
Sometimes I can talk on and on about a recipe. I don’t know if I’m just not in a writing groove at all right now, but the words aren’t coming to me. I mean how much can one say about a spinach and orzo salad? It’s tasty. It’s light. It’s fresh. Your vegetarian friends will eat it. It will subtly complement a main dish without overpowering it. It could even be a light main course if you felt so inclined. Isn’t it crazy how orzo is pasta but looks like rice?! Make it today!
I sometimes like to visit websites that are dedicated to snarking on bloggers (yeah, it’s a thing). I find the food blogger threads particularly interesting, naturally. I feel some of the snark comes from a lack of understanding of why bloggers do certain things, but some of the snark is actually somewhat justified and can be quite funny. I think that being able to laugh at yourself sometimes is probably a healthy quality to have.
One of the main complaints I see is how bloggers write waaaaay too much. Many readers say “just give me the damn recipe already!! I don’t need to see how your life story connects to this salad recipe!!” I get that. I try hard not to do too much of that, but at the same time, a blog generally requires a bit of commentary, and some people actually like it. Go figure! And Google likes it, you see. It’s a balance.
I think part of me would be horrified if I ended up on one of those snark sites, but the other parts of me would actually be pretty happy. Not gonna lie. If people are talking about you, that’s generally a good thing if you can handle it. Sure… it still stings when I get rude comments (especially on Pinterest where I can’t write back to try to resolve the situation), but part of me realizes that Martha, Nigella (hello carbonara with cream), Gordon, and anyone who is anyone has to deal with that stuff. And that cookie dough is a hot topic that people take very seriously. I’m slowly getting used to it. At least people are making my recipes, right?! Something to aspire to. 😉
In other news, I’ve been working hard to prep the blog for some traveling I will be doing this summer. Stubborn me wanted to keep to my fairly intensive 3 recipes/week posting schedule (and trust me, that is intensive since I do have a full-time day job on top of this one), but that ain’t going to happen. Between having to redo photos for an upcoming grilled shrimp recipe twice now (and I’m still not satisfied… those little buggers are so tricky sometimes), and the fail known as rainbow vegetable crostini (nice idea but bland taste and fiddly assembly), I am running out of time.
I will still be posting new recipes, but there may not be as many in next couple months is what I am trying to say. You can follow my adventures (ok I am not particularly adventurous, but still) on my Instagram stories if you need a S&L fix. 😛
So how about that? I barely talked about this salad at all in this post AND managed to ramble on more than usual.
Questions about the recipe? Ask me in the comments!
Spinach Orzo Salad with White Beans
A healthy orzo salad with spinach, basil, and a lemon vinaigrette.
- 1 cup uncooked orzo
- 1 (19 fluid ounce) can white beans drained & rinsed
- 1-2 large handfuls of baby spinach
- 1 small handful of basil torn
- 1 tablespoon parsley chopped
- 1 tablespoon shallot or chives chopped finely
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 clove garlic minced
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Cook orzo according to package directions. Once it's cooked, rinse it under cold water and let it drain thoroughly.
- Meanwhile, prepare your other salad ingredients and add them to a salad bowl.
- Whisk the dressing together in a small bowl and toss it with the other salad ingredients once your orzo is cool and drained. You may need to adjust the oil quantity based on personal preferences. Make sure you season the salad well with salt & pepper.
- Serve immediately.
- I wouldn't make this salad ahead because the spinach will wilt. You could cook the orzo ahead and toss it with a little bit of olive oil to stop it from sticking, then assemble the salad when needed.
- Serves 4+ as a side.
Hope you enjoy this spinach orzo salad!