Orzo salad with caramelised mushroom, garlicky spinach, fresh edamame and tangy vegan feta. What could be better folks? This orzo with mushroom and spinach is a perfect lunch, dinner, or picnic side dish.
If you are looking for new ideas for your meal preparation, this hearty salad is for you.
Filling and kid-approved, this salad can be a great packed lunch for everyone in the home.
What Ingredients are needed for this pasta salad?
Orzo- Do not get confused between rice and orzo. Orzo is a pasta that is shaped like rice.
Cooked orzo has a lovely soft texture and takes less then five minutes to cook.
It's versatile and can be used for soup, pasta, or salad. It's fun to make and eat. Because of its tiny rice-like shape kids love it.
It's sold in almost all grocery stores and any brand will work here.
Mushroom- Button mushroom, baby Bella, portabella, or any type of mushroom will work here.
I am not particular about any ingredient because I don't like the idea of running to a grocery store 4 miles, just to have a single ingredient.
No fun, right? So I love to swap the ingredients with anything that interests me.
The kitchen is supposed to be your creative corner and you should feel good about trying different things.
Spinach- Fresh or frozen, either work for this recipe. I love fresh spinach however if you have frozen ones in your freezer, use those.
Edamame- I have used frozen edamame for this recipe. I love using edamame in my recipes.
They are a great source of protein. If you do not like them by any chance, feel free to skip that.
Garlic- Garlic adds a lovely touch to this recipe. I cannot put enough emphasis on the use of garlic however if you do not like garlic feel free to skip it.
Onion- A little bit of onion is needed in this recipe.
Feta cheese- For vegan recipes use vegan feta cheese. The creamy and tangy texture of this salad comes from the feta.
Feta cheese makes this dish hearty and delicious.
Olive Oil- Any good quality olive oil can be used in this recipe.
Salt- Kosher salt or any other salt.
Red Pepper Flakes- A lovely hint of spice comes from red pepper flakes and I just love to use those.
Lemon Juice- A fresh hint of lemon brings out the flavour.
How to make Orzo with Mushroom and Spinach?
Cook orzo according to the package's instructions and cool it off with the help of cold water. Drain the pasta and sprinkle some olive oil to prevent the sticking.
Chop all the vegetables and heat the pan. Heat the oil in the pan, caramelise garlic, onion and mushroom. Remove and cook the spinach.
How to mix this Salad?
Mix cooked orzo with all the cooked vegetables, seasoning, and feta cheese. Sprinkle lemon juice. Taste the seasoning. If you need to add something, do it now.
Serve as a side or main, this orzo is delicious.
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Orzo with Mushroom and Spinach
- 1 Cup Uncooked Orzo Pasta
- 2 Cup Spinach Leaves, chopped
- 1 Cup Chopped Mushroom
- 2 Cloves Chopped Garlic
- ⅓ Cup Edmame
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- ½ Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- ½ Small Chopped Onion
- 2 Tbsp Crumbled Feta Cheese (Vegan or Your choice)
- Salt for boiling the orzo pasta
- ½ Tbsp Lemon Juice
- Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook orzo pasta according to package instructions.
- Drain and wash the pasta with cold water. Drain again. Mix a few drops of oil into the pasta to prevent sticking.
- Heat olive oil in a pan.
- Add chopped garlic, onion, and mushroom till they caramalise.
- Remove from the pan and keep aside. Saute spinach in the pan till it looks wilted. Add edamame and cook them with spinach.
- In a serving bowl mix cooked orzo, wilted cooked spinach, caramelised onion, garlic mushroom and edamame.
- Add crumbled feta, red pepper flakes, and lemon juice .
- Mix everything together.
- Serve and enjoy.