lemon orzo with spinach, feta & almonds

orzo with lemon, spinach, feta & almonds

It’s been a busy few weeks and I imagine my work-load will continue for the next couple weeks, so it’s always nice to have an ace in your pocket to help ease you through the crazy times. This meal is a total winner on all fronts and I’ve eaten this dish a lot lately – and I’m not complaining. One, it’s a cinch to whip up, even on the craziest days, and two, it’s a mouthful of flavour – the salty feta mingling with the lemony-goodness and a punch of red onion crunch. It all makes for a tasty bite.


I had been making it without the almonds and it’s delicious as is. But the almonds! Oh, the almonds! Toss a handful or two in a skillet and pop them in the oven at 300F degrees and keep a close watch cuz these things tend to turn from roasty perfection into burnt nutz quickly. 10 minutes should do it – but taste one to make sure. Just throw a handful into your bowl and enjoy. Now, wasn’t that easy?

almonds needed

elsewhere: Craving some good old-fashioned oatmeal cookies? Over at Poppytalk, I share a doozy of a recipe. And at ReadyMade I make my first brisket and it’s good, really, really good.

26 comments to “lemon orzo with spinach, feta & almonds”

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    Eva   April 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I’ve actually been cooking a lot of Orzo lately too! One of my fave go-to pasta’s…I love this combo, you just can’t go wrong.

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    Jacqui   April 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I love a good pasta dish full of lemon and greens! And almonds are always a good addition, yum!

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    Renee @ sweetsugarbean   April 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I love speedy little one pot dishes like this…looks delicious with the feta and lemon and the nuts!

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    The Rowdy Chowgirl   April 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Looks great! I have a similar orzo salad that I make, but I haven’t tried it with almonds. That extra crunch sounds like a nice addition.

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    Joanne   April 13, 2011 at 3:33 am

    It’s amazing how far a handful of nuts can go in terms of flavor and texture! I think this dish is so wonderfully balanced!

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    Alicen   April 13, 2011 at 4:53 am

    I just tried orzo a few weeks ago. My husband and daughter love it. They won’t be sold on the spinach, but thank you for the ideas of how to dress it up 🙂

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    Michelle   April 13, 2011 at 6:19 am

    The lemon in this dish makes me yearn for bright fresh food of Spring and Summer – this is going on the menu!

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    Sweets by Vicky   April 13, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I feel compelled to make this because it contains all my favourite ingredients. 🙂 It’s probably a great way to spruce up a rather boring work day.

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    Deena   April 13, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Greens + lemon + creamy cheese + crunchy nut = my default pasta/grain salad. Seriously, I can’t make one without them. Yum.

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    Vishnu   April 13, 2011 at 10:51 am

    would this work if i subbed the orzo for something else, say quinoa (i’m just thinking of what i’ve got in the cupboard at home)

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    heather   April 13, 2011 at 11:13 am

    This ingredient combination, or something similar (like orange, shallots and goat cheese), finds its way into our cooking frequently. So fresh and vibrant. A nice way to herald in spring!



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    Rocky Mountain Woman   April 13, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    What a great spring dish and feta and lemon and red onion are such a great flavor combo…

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    Lizz   April 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    MMM. I make a similar one but add in toasted pine nuts, black olives, peppers and cilantro. My favourite thing to eat!

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    Bijoux   April 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Orzo pasta is one of my favourite shapes of pasta. This looks really easy to make, affordable and tasty. I love one bowl meals!

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    kickpleat   April 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks Eva, it’s a good one & quick to boot!

    Jacqui, I think I add almonds to everything.

    Thanks Renee!

    RCG, I don’t think of this as a salad because it seems much more like a traditional pasta dish, but it’s such a good one and I’m sure it can easily be eaten cold the next day as leftovers.

    Joanne, so true! Love me my nuts 🙂

    Alicen, you could add broccoli or another kind of veg that works for your family.

    Michelle, one bit and you can easily fool yourself that summer is around the corner!

    Yes! Vicky this will make any boring day much less so. Enjoy!

    Deena, glad to see we’re on the same page.

    Vishnu, yes, go ahead and try it. I’m sure it will be wonderful! Let me know how it goes.

    Heather, sounds good with the orange! Must try 🙂

    Thanks RMW – it does taste & look like spring in a bowl.

    Bijoux, glad to agree!

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    Elizabeth   April 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Raw onion and lemon were meant to be together. This looks like a perfect option for the brown bag lunch.

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    Diane   April 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I made this last night, and it was awesome. Thanks for a quick and easy meal that was way more exciting than the local pizza parlor (which is an awesome place too, but I’m tired of it when I’m tired!). This dish is a keeper!

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    Dana   April 14, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Growing up, my mom used to make a fried sole and she always served it with buttered orzo on the side. It remains one of my favorite pasta shapes – love it! I have been incorporating more nuts in my savory dishes recently and I am totally sold on how they can make a dish. Yum!

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    hag   April 15, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Love, Love, Love dishes with lemon and feta…it is just so “spring” to me. Thanks for adding anothe one to my repetoire! Can’t wait to try this one out.

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    NicoleD   April 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    What a pretty dish! It looks so light and fresh. I’m a sucker for that bright punch of lemon zest.

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    kickpleat   April 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Elizabeth, I think so too!

    Diane, so glad you enjoyed this. It’s a perfect last-minute meal.

    It’s funny Dana, because my husband doesn’t like orzo that much. I think he sees rice and when it hits his palate he’s disappointed. And yes to nuts 🙂

    Hag, I’m sure you’ll love this dish. It’s a good one.

    Thanks so much Nicole, it’s spring-fresh and so pretty!

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    cory   April 20, 2011 at 10:42 am

    This looks delish! Perfect for an early spring dinner, and I suspect it would go great alongside grilled branzino (which, incidentally, I happen to have in my fridge for tonight!). I have some picked red onions that I might sub in for the raw ones too.

    Beautiful drool-inspiring pictures as always! 🙂

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    kickpleat   April 20, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    cory, I had to look up branzio! Sounds delcious.

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