Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Vegetable Orzo Salad
This easy Weight Watchers Orzo Salad with Vegetables was my contribution when the family got together last weekend to celebrate our March/April birthdays.
My sister, Brenda, choose the theme since hers was the biggest birthday being celebrated. She suggested seafood and salads and brought a yummy shrimp appetizer.
Mom brought crab cakes with remoulade sauce, a variety of flavored flatbreads, a Cuban fish dish and chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting.
And Peter made a variation on his world-famous kale salad.
Everything was spectacular.
This salad is definitely one I will make again. It's easy, pretty and flavorful. Goes well with any kind of grilled meat, chicken or seafood.
And seems perfect for the long hot summer here in Phoenix.
To lighten up this recipe and make it more Weight Watchers friendly, I decreased the olive oil from ⅓ cup to 2 tablespoons, I increased the lemon juice from 4 teaspoons to 2 tablespoons and skipped the suggested rice wine vinegar.
I also increased the amount of chopped spinach to about two cups.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Orzo Salad?
According to my calculations each serving has 193 calories and:
4 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
4 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
5 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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Weight Watchers Orzo Salad with Vegetables
- ½ cup uncooked orzo pasta
- 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
- 1 cup marinated quartered artichoke hearts, chopped
- 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh spinach
- 2 green onions, chopped
- ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1 tablespoon capers, drained
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Cook orzo according to the package directions in plenty of salted water.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, artichokes, spinach, onions, cheese and capers.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients.
- When the orzo is cooked, drain it in a colander and then run it under cold water to cool it slightly. Add the drained cooled orzo to the vegetable mixture.
- Pour dressing over the salad and toss it well to coat. Chill until serving.
Source: adapted from Taste of Home
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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This looks delicious !! How would the nutritional info change if the feta cheese was omitted ??? thanks so much !
Hi Doris, 1/2 a cup of feta has 8 SP so divided by 6 servings this would be about 1 SP per serving. So I would count it as 3 without the feta. Hope this helps.
I'm wondering what this is in smart points? When I enter the info it says 5 however I'm not sure of the sugar or saturated fat?
Hi Heather, when I ran the ingredients through the Weight Watchers On Line Recipe Builder I got 4 SmartPoints. With SmartPoints, 0 points fruits and vegetables don't count in the calculation so it's sometimes lower than what you would get if you just used the WW calculator. I wrote a post about calculating SmartPoints that you will find by clicking here: https://simple-nourished-living.com/why-your-recipes-smartpoints-may-be-higher-than-it-should-be/
Hi: Do you think this is something I can make ahead? My husband is going on a guys trip and I'm steering clear of making him mayo based salads....this looks delicious....let me know? he would be eating it for a couple of days as his side dish....
I think this would be fine for 2-3 days.
can this be a main dish or is it too small of a serving if I was to have it for lunch?
I Rosa, you might want to add a bit of protein in the salad or on the side to make it a more substantial lunch. Or add it to a bed of greens to bulk it up. Hope this helps.
I first tried orzo 2 years ago, and it's definitely my favorite type of pasta now. I've had different orzo salads but this one looks so good!
Hi Martha, I just made this salad and it is delicious. However, I didn't have any tarragon and since I wasn't sure of any subsitute for it, I just omitted it. I love it .. it has a nice light lemony taste.
Thank you for all the information and wonderful information you provide to us.
Why doesn't WW ever add sugar counts to their recipes to help us diabetics.
This recipe has the best taste. I have made this several times. The recipes calls for ingredients I have never purchased. Stepped out of my comfort zone a little. It was totally worth it. My husband even request me to make this. That is highly unusual for him.
Hi Beth, Thanks for taking the time to let us know. Very much appreciated!
Love this recipe. As a WW member, it is very well appreciated and not only by me but the whole family.
My Husband and I both LOVED this recipe. I made it exactly as stated and will make again repeatedly (per my husband's request). It says serves 6 but we had it for dinner so it serves 3 in this case. A side note, I always use whole wheat pasta
Half a cup uncooked orzo is 1 cup cooked. Even though you are adding some veggies the recipe says 6 servings . So you are saying around 1/4 cup per serving.
If he weight watchers portion is 2/3 of a cup how many servings is this recipe?
It sounds tasty and I am making it for lunch.
Hi Kim, the veggies bulk up this salad recipe which makes 6 servings with each serving about 2/3 cup. Hope this helps. ~Martha
This is delicious! I’ll make it again.
Your pin this recipe isn’t working.
Hi Martha, what could I use in the place of feta as I don't like this cheese??
Hi Tiger, You can use whatever cheese you like in place of feta. I think Parmesan would be delicious. ~Martha