Light Mediterranean flavors and hearty sautéed beet greens complement the deeper, richer flavor of our Toasted Orzo, making this warm salad a perfect choice to serve alongside grilled chicken or fish.

Prep time: 5 min

Cook time: 10 min

Total time: 15 min

Warm Toasted Orzo Salad with Beet Greens and Lemon
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes 6 to 8 servings


  1. Add 1 cup of orzo to a large pot of boiling water with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of neutral cooking oil. Cook for 10-12 minutes until al dente and strain. Rinse with cold water to cool and set aside.

  2. Whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest, vinegar, cumin, salt and pepper in medium bowl.

  3. Continue whisking while slowly adding 1/4 cup of olive oil, until emulsified.

  4. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in sauté pan over high heat. Add beet greens, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, just until slightly soft and wilted.

  5. Add beet greens to large bowl, and toss with dressing and remaining ingredients.