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Loaded Orzo Salad

Loaded Whole Wheat Orzo Salad

  • Author: Rachelbakesathome
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This loaded whole wheat orzo salad is full of flavor and filled with vegetables. A perfect side dish or a great meal prep idea for work lunches. 


Units Scale
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 shallot – minced
  • 2 cloves garlic – minced
  • 1 red bell pepper – seeds removed and diced
  • 1/3 cup basil – roughly chopped
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat orzo uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • Kernels from 2 ears of corn (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Red pepper flakes tro taste
  • 1/2 cup feta
  • Basil for garnish


Place large pot on stovetop over medium high heat. Heat oil until shiny. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened (about 3-4 minutes). Add red pepper and cook for another 3 minutes before adding shallots and garlic. Once fragrant (about 2 more minutes), add tomato sauce and basil. Add 2 cups of water and orzo. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover with lid and reduce heat to medium low. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes until orzo tender. If you notice water reduced too much, you can add 1/2 cup more to finish cooking orzo.

Remove lid and stir in corn, spinach, and red pepper flakes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Combine and allow corn and spinach to warm until spinach wilted. Stir in feta while pot still on heat and blend. Garnish with basil and serve immediately. Can be stored in airtight container in fridge up to 5 days. Delicious as a chilled side dish as well!


Best with fresh corn, basil, and spinach but canned and frozen will work just fine!

Delicious served warm or chilled

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Category: One Pot Meals
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Greek


  • Calories: 185.69kcal
  • Sugar: 3.52g
  • Sodium: 172.28mg
  • Fat: 6.21g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.68g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 29.03g
  • Fiber: 4.31g
  • Protein: 6.47g
  • Cholesterol: 5.89mg

Keywords: Stovetop, One Pot Meal, Loaded Orzo Salad, Pasta Salad, No Bake

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