Spinach Orzo Salad with Chicken Meatballs and Chickpeas
An Orzo Spinach Salad perfect for bridging summer into fall, this will have even the meat-eating man in your family smiling.
Apparently I’m on an orzo salad kick. I think it is such a fun summer pasta and the perfect size for salads. Plus, just like any other pasta, it is incredibly versatile and you can use whole wheat or traditional, whatever your heart desires.
This salad combines orzo with spinach, chicken meatballs, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), cucumbers, tomato and feta. It’s incredibly filling and refreshing at the same time. The spinach wilts slightly from the heat of the pasta and it creates this wonderful salad – pasta hybrid dish.
I used regular cucumbers in this recipe even though I almost exclusively buy English cucumbers or the cute little salad cucumbers (typically used for pickles — they have fantastic flavor). Somehow this regular cucumber ended up in my groceries. I don’t know if it was left on the checkout belt from a previous customer or if my ever-so-helpful toddler added it my cart, but it is what I came home with and what I ended up using in this salad. I scraped out the seeds because I find them to be a bit bitter sometimes. You can use whatever type of cucumber you prefer.
Verdict: I loved the combination of salad, pasta and meatballs. Will definitely make this one again.
Husband’s take: He loved this salad!
Changes I would make: None are necessary.
Want more Orzo Salad recipes?
Orzo Salad with Chicken, Watermelon and Feta
Orzo Salad with Chicken and Vegetables
Greek Orzo Salad with Roasted Shrimp
Cherry Tomato Orzo Salad from Simply Recipes
Mediterranean Orzo Salad from Iowa Girl Eats
Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus and Tomato from A Big Mouthful
Whole Wheat Orzo Salad with Kale, Chickpeas, Lemon and Feta from Kalyn’s Kitchen