Mother Earth Living

Herb-Kissed & Healthy: Orzo Salad With Dittany, Spinach, and Feta Cheese

Simple, fragrant dishes call to the senses and evoke the ancients.
By Elaine Gavalas
April/May 2001
Add to My MSN

Content Tools

Related Content

Centuries of Cretan Herbs: Cuttlefish with Fennel and Spinach

Bring the delicious flavors of Cretan cuisine to your very own kitchen

Herb-Kissed & Healthy: Prepare Greek Cuisine

Greek cooking brings a lot more to the table than tasty cuisine.

Centuries of Cretan Herbs: The Herbs of Crete

Discover what a few herbs from Greece's largest island can offer your kitchen.

Centuries of Cretan Herbs

Learn about the history behind the herbs of Crete.

Serves 6

Orzo is a rice-shaped pasta often used in Greek cooking. Orzo salad tastes great warm or at room temperature, so make plenty for lunch the following day!

• 8 ounces orzo
• 1 10-ounce bag spinach, coarsely chopped, or 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach
• 2 cups tomatoes, chopped (fresh or canned)
• 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
• 1 tablespoon dried dittany or dried Greek oregano
• Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
• 2 tablespoons water
• 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Kalamata olives for garnish

In a large pot of boiling water, cook orzo until tender but not mushy, about 20 minutes. Drain and return to pot.

In a 4-quart pot, place the spinach, tomatoes, parsley, oregano, lemon juice, and water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring frequently, until the spinach is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in the feta cheese and mix well. Continue cooking for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the feta melts into the sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste, cover, and remove from heat. Add the orzo to the spinach mixture and toss until just combined. Place the orzo mixture in a serving bowl and top with olives. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Click here for the original article, Herb Kissed & Healthy: Greek Cuisine. 

Post a comment below.


no image
10/3/2015 1:55:59 AM
no image
10/3/2015 1:49:49 AM
no image
10/1/2015 8:07:37 AM
no image
9/30/2015 11:21:19 AM
no image
9/29/2015 7:08:26 AM
no image
9/29/2015 7:07:58 AM
no image
9/29/2015 7:07:26 AM
no image
9/29/2015 7:07:00 AM
no image
9/29/2015 7:03:37 AM

Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.