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Healthy Recipe: Orzo Salad with Spinach, Tomato and Ricotta

Healthy Recipe: Orzo Salad with Spinach, Tomato and Ricotta

This is a great healthy recipe to serve at your next barbecue or even better to just have in the fridge. It is simple to make, probably about 10-15 minutes max.


  • 2-3 cups Orzo pasta – depending what pasta/veggie ratio you prefer
  • Fresh garlic
  • Ricotta cheese – add to taste
  • 1 pound spinach, washed, dried, stems removed
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the bowl
  • Salt and pepper – add to taste


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add in the Orzo. Let it cook until “aldente” – about 8 minutes. 
  2. While Orzo is cooking, heat some olive oil in a pan and saute the garlic, just enough to let the oil take on the garlic flavor. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Remove from heat and set aside. 
  3. Cut the ricotta into small bit size cubes and set aside.
  4. When the Orzo is cooked, strain it, but keep a mug of pasta water aside to remoisten a bit. 
  5. Return the Orzo to the pot and add back about 1/4 cup of the pasta water back in to moisten the pasta, but don’t let it puddle.
  6. Toss in the fresh spinach leaves and tomatoes.
  7. Mix in the oil and garlic – just enough to coat the pasta. 
  8. Add the ricotta and mix again.
  9. Put in a bowl and refrigerate.

DONE! This is a perfect side dish for nearly any summer meal or even as a small meal or snack with a glass of ice tea.

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  1. Gabriel Rossi says:

    What can I say? It’s taste, easy to prepare, and has all ingredients I love.

  2. That looks very tasty! Thanks for linking to my Pin Me Linky Party.

  3. polly says:

    Really sounds like a great salad for summer BBQ’s…thanks for sharing.

  4. Kristina L says:

    Oh my! This looks so good!Fantastic lunch on a hot day! I printed..ty ty

  5. San says:

    Looks really delicious! Would love to try this!

  6. Jen says:

    This looks great — I do something similar with fresh basil and grated Romano. Always great to find something to do with leftover ricotta from a recipe.

  7. Charlene says:

    Looks yummy. I have yet to try Orza. I’ll have to make this and tell you how it went.

  8. Krissy H says:

    That looks delicious – I just recently discovered Orza. Believe it or not, I had never had it before a few months ago. My kids are in love. Definitely going to have to try out this recipe.

  9. Lydia says:

    This looks totally delicious. I’ve pinned it so I can make it!!

  10. April Jacobs says:

    Wow! This is a healthy recipe. I would love to try this. It looks really delish. 😀

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